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Hogging the middle lane on the M1

w4pictures is off-line
09 June 2013 10:14
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09 June 2013 10:40
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Quote from pompeytog
 Massive +1 to this. Problem is though due to the nanny state we live in, it probably won't be made legal because "what if drivers forget to use their mirrors when changing lanes", ( i.e. you're undertaking and middle lane hogger decides to move back to lane 1 without checking). The USA seem to manage undertaking ok though.  



As if middle-lane hoggers check any of their mirrors at any time!

The whole point of being there is that you are ignoring everything and everbody else on the the motorway, feeling safe and smug in your own little cocoon. I always used to assume that it was because they were such awful drivers that they didn't know how to change lane or were too scared to go near the edge in case they drove off it!

Seriously, it is just as likely for someone pulling out to forget to check their mirror (or miss someone in the blind spot) as it is for someone to pull in without checking.
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Ian MACFADYEN is off-lineSilver Member
09 June 2013 12:35
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The reason why drivers hog the middle lane is very simple really, - it's to give them more opportunity to miss anyone that runs out into the road from behind a parked car.


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09 June 2013 16:26
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Personally I find French motorways sensible with an 80mph limit in dry weather, but 70 in wet weather. I would favour a similar system here except that it would reportedly cost at leat £500 million




The difference is that in France the police don't bother much about stopping people for speeding. Can you imagine the legal wrangling here when someone is fined for driving at 75mph in wet weather when in fact there were only 20 drops or rain per square metre. Who decides at any moment whether it is wet? It's very easy when there is an inch of water on the road, but not so easy after a very light shower. Could be why France's death rate is still the double of ours.


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09 June 2013 20:30
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Could be why France's death rate is still the double of ours.



Do we know if those statistics are normalised or whether it's just actual numbers? You know size/scale wise?
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10 June 2013 03:50
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Do we know if those statistics are normalised or whether it's just actual numbers? You know size/scale wise?



However one fiddles/adjusts the figures it would be impossible to identify a single reason for any discrepancy.
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10 June 2013 04:02
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Not suggesting it is the one reason for France's mortality rate, it's a mix of many things including the fact that the police don't enforce any of the rules of the road. It used to be even worse until they started to enforce the alcohol limits.

The French always say that they are the country with the most laws in the world, but nobody abides by them.


Phil Black is off-lineSilver Member
10 June 2013 08:10
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I agree this has never bothered me, I drive at 70 in the middle lane rather than weave in and out of the slow lane which I consider more dangerous.
There are plenty of other bad driving habits to tackle before middle lane driving. lighting up, mirrors, mobiles, indicators, etc.

This is just another draconian measure to get in more money.


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10 June 2013 09:42
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Quote from Dandelion
I agree this has never bothered me, I drive at 70 in the middle lane rather than weave in and out of the slow lane which I consider more dangerous. There are plenty of other bad driving habits to tackle before middle lane driving. lighting up, mirrors, mobiles, indicators, etc. This is just another draconian measure to get in more money.



There is no slow lane, if you are not overtaking anyone move to the left.  This has nothing to do with speed.



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10 June 2013 11:27
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click_gotcha has given the most accurate answer!  I't s that simple!!!
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