Middle lane hoggers

Today’s rant then!

I’ve just got back from visiting a customer and while coming back along the M4 I kept coming across middle lane hoggers. Despite an empty slow lane they just wouldn’t move over. I spotted three cars doing this, all being driven by women. Why? They weren’t even driving particularly fast, so I either had to pull across from the slow lane, to the middle lane and then to the fast lane just to get past them, or just undertake them. Grrrr!

One of them nearly caused an accident! A lorry was joining the motorway at Slough and wanted to pull out into the slow lane but there was a car already there, so that car swerved a little as it wanted to pull into the middle lane, but couldn’t because a slow middle lane hogger was already there, leading to it braking furiously so as not to go into the back of the lorry that had just pulled out in front of it. I also wanted to overtake someone but couldn’t because a middle lane hogger was there and I couldn’t pull out, so also had to jam on the brakes.

To be honest I saw such bad lane discipline today it made me despair – doesn’t anyone get taught the "Highway Code" anymore?

Here’s an extract regarding lane discipline…

Lane discipline

You should always drive in the left-hand lane when the road ahead is clear. If you are overtaking a number of slower-moving vehicles, you should return to the left-hand lane as soon as you are safely past. Slow-moving or speed-restricted vehicles should always remain in the left-hand lane of the carriageway unless overtaking. You MUST NOT drive on the hard shoulder except in an emergency or if directed to do so by the police, HA traffic officers in uniform or by signs.

This is interesting, it looks like in certain circumstances, YOU CAN LEGALLY UNDERTAKE…


Do not overtake on the left or move to a lane on your left to overtake. In congested conditions, where adjacent lanes of traffic are moving at similar speeds, traffic in left-hand lanes may sometimes be moving faster than traffic to the right. In these conditions you may keep up with the traffic in your lane even if this means passing traffic in the lane to your right. Do not weave in and out of lanes to overtake.

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