Middle lane hoggers

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  1. Gooney

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    It's about two months now since the new law came in amidst a wave of controversy about prosecuting middle lane hoggers, the consensus was that it couldn't be policed, has anyone heard of a prosecution?
     
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    Ive not heard of any one being prosecuted, but I wish they would.
    It`s so annoying, and slows the motorways up so much.
     
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    Police

    They can't be everwhere but come the day!!
     
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    Does not seem to have made a scrap of difference on the roads.
     
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  5. Chris

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    I was stuck behind a blonde bimbo yesterday on the M20. 55mph in the middle lane with both the other lanes empty:Doh:

    I must confess that I rolled right up behind her and got right up to her bumper to wait for her to look in her mirror.

    She must have thought her lipstick was smudged because eventually she did look in the mirror, pulled over and gave me the finger.

    Once I had passed she pulled back out:Doh:
     
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    20 second rule?

    So..when does one become a hogger? On most motorways, there are effectively three streams of traffic - say 55-60 on the inside, 60-70 in the middle and 65-75+ on the outside. I find it equally dangerous when someone, presumably in an attempt to obey the HC, darts from one lane to the next.

    We all have our own view as to how long it is 'reasonable' to stay centre lane rather than returning to inside. Out of interest, I started to time my own efforts. Turned out that if it was going to take me 20 seconds or less to catch up with the next vehicle on the inside, I'd stay in lane 2. The gaps that seemed too long to stay in lane 2 turned out to be over that time.

    Hogging or sensible? What's your hogging threshold?
     
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    Strange how you say lane hogger's exist yet no-one ever owns up to doing it. The law of averages states that some of you criticizing others must be hogger's yourselves. Come on own up, or are you the only driver totally without vices.
    Must be good to be the perfect Fun driver.
     
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    I now stay in the outside lane:Rofl1:
     
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    Was there anything stopping you from glancing into your mirror indicating then moving out into the empty third lane. Just wondered because that is what I would have done. Am I missing something, how were you stuck behind her.:RollEyes:
     
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  10. Chris

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    Nothing at all to stop me Buttons.

    I was trying to educate the stupid cow.
     
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    So many of them around, though frequently in some sort of Honda jazz/civic.

    Following on from above posts, yes, I will put my hand up and admit that I've stayed in the middle lane, usually when steering with my knees whilst trying to answer the phone and simultaneously take notes and drink a hot costa coffee* Completely justified of course as it is much safer like that with an empty lane either side..........

    Seriously, I think it is a bit like exceeding the speed limit - on occasions it is something we all do without intending to do so. Generally make a point of pulling in promptly



    *just in case anyone is going to dob me in to the rozzers, that was a joke - I would never drink costa coffee whilst driving, or indeed any other time.:Wink: don't do the others either, we have a strict H&S policy as well as obeying the law.
     
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  12. OllieUK

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    So why didn't you overtake on the outside lane? seems a rather dangerous manouver to performs for the sake of finding out how often she used her mirror. :Eeek:
    Reminds me of the days when faster approaching traffic from behind used to flash their lights as if to say the road ahead should be cleared for ME. :Doh:
    As for me I use the lane that is suited to my driving speed. :thumb:
     
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    I THINK FUNSTERS MUST BE THE BEST DRIVERS! BUSBY:Rofl1:
     
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    See answer above.

    It's the law - observe it:thumb:
     
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    Sounds like you were putting yourself and the other driver in unnecessary danger for what. Sorry I dont understand your motive.
     
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    Youv'e lost me -- I dont understand your logic. :BigGrin:
     
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    So road users should just put up with pathetic driving?

    Part of road safety is being aware of what's around you.

    That's why the police are supposed to be policing this sort of selfish and dangerous driving.

    If she had stayed in the middle lane I would have passed her on the inside.

    Dangerous in itself of course but clearly some people ( and posters) need educating.
     
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    :thumb:

    I know it's wrong but I tend to over take those sort of people on the inside, they normally then pull over:BigGrin:
     
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    My "logic" is this:

    if there is nothing inside you so you are not overtaking, pull into the left hand lane. It's an overtaking lane, not a lane to dawdle in.

    Your speed is completely irrelevant to what lane you should be in.

    the inside lane is not the " slow lane".

    As I said it's the law so observe it.

    Once you have understood it obviously.
     
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  20. OllieUK

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    Wouldn't you break the law for undertaking?
    I wonder how many accidents over the years have been the cause of serious pile ups on motorways by people performing that manouver.
    :Eeek: What frightens me more is; I use that motorway, I dont relish the idea of being on the same stretch of road as you at any time.
     
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