My hatred towards middle laners has existed since before I could drive and is one of the posts that I already had on my mind when I set up this blog. I’d just like to note before I begin that I am not aiming to offend anyone, just aimlessly ranting.

I’d just like to mention a great website that I came across when looking for a picture for this post. I’m just glad to see that it is actually a big issue for other people, as well as me. http://www.howmotorwayswork.co.uk/middle_lane.htm. The URL is self explanatory and you’d think that most people, who have a driving licence would actually know how they work.

Another middle lane culprit.

Another middle lane culprit.

The picture to the left is a great example of one of the people who obviously don’t have a clue how to use the motorway. Rule 238 states: “You should drive in the left-hand lane if the road ahead is clear. Return to the left-hand lane once you have overtaken all the vehicles or if you are delaying traffic behind you”. Now take a look at the left hand lane of the motorway (the slow lane). Can you see a car in a close distance? No, neither can I so why is he not in that lane? The problem is that the inside lane is associated with slow moving vehicles and most attitudes would be “I’m doing 70, the speed limit”. I’d just like to say to people with this attitude that number one, you’re not here to enforce laws and number two; by doing what you’re doing, you yourself are ignoring the highway code. Check out the website mentioned above to read some of the pathetic excuses and arguments that people produce and if you’re one of them, change!

Maybe I shouldn’t get so worked up about things like this but when I’m out there, I just can’t help myself. Part of my motorway travel would be demonstrating to these idiots how to use the lane systems so I pull out of the slow lane, into the fast, overtaking the tool and swiftly moving back into the slow lane. Does it work? Sometimes it wakes them up but maybe 8 times out of 10, they just carry on sitting there. By doing what they are doing, they are slowing down faster moving traffic and reducing the flow of the motorway. The person driving that typical Mazda 626 probably has their glasses on the end of their nose and their hands and ten and two.

What really grates me is when you give a quick flash of the main beam for one of them to move over and they do so and you get the feeling “yes, you have acutally got a brain” and then you over take them, pull in in front of them and they pull back out! What the hell? Or they come behind you and start flashing you. “Oh I’m sorry for showing you how to drive”. The funny thing is, I’m 18 and I can understand if some 40 year old is getting a bit annoyed at me for showing them how to do something they’ve been doing a lot longer than me but the fact is, it’s actually 100% right! Sometimes it’s easy to resort to undertaking but then again, that’s more dangerous than what they’re doing.

I just want you to see some of the excuses that people give so I’m going to post the direct link: http://www.howmotorwayswork.co.uk/arguments.htm. I just wish I could follow the author of this website on Twitter!

The fact that they’re winding up drivers with brains makes these middle laners a danger. I think when the matrices have nothing important to display; they should remind drivers to use the motorway properly instead of telling people how much time it takes to get to a certain junction.

Keep checking for updates on related topics to this as these are going to be the most frequent.

I just repeat, I’m not aiming to offend anyone in any way.

-Matt

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