Category: Motoring


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

What were they thinking?

Just when I thought BMW had cracked it and had Audi and Mercedes in their back pocket, they definitely raised my eyebrow when they announced the production of the 5 Series GT. When I heard the name, having not seen any pictures or read anything about it, I thought it was just another alternative spec that could be chosen on the car as it must be coming to the end of the E60 5 Series.

BMWs erm... radical new design

BMWs erm... radical new design.

Christopher Weil, the young new designer for BMW has produced this new, well, what they call an SUV. After Chris Bangle has stepped down, lets hope that BMW’s future is not threatened by this new look.  Fair enough if Weil has had any input to the new F01 7 Series; that’s a nice car but I’m not fully decided if I prefer the last E65 version. Now, more about the GT. The back end (pictured) kind of reminds me of an attempt made by Citroën or Renault when they try and compete with the German big boys. Some of the ideas that have been brought into the car like the two piece boot lid and the optional 2 seats in the back aren’t really fresh. We’ve seen the saloon/hatchback trick in the plush Skoda Superb and we’ve seen the cracking rear 2 seat idea in the not so groundbreaking Vauxhall Signum. Thank god it’s optional. The size of the GT is similar to that of a 7 series and the car can’t seem to decide if it wants to be a toddler X6 or a 3 Series X5 love child. The roof line is similar to the X6 and is the first four door BMW to incorporate frameless windows. Some of the ideas are pretty neat but I just can’t get my head around the market that they are trying to hit.

The interior however, don’t get me wrong is by far more than up to scratch and is truly the trademark BMW design. The Gran Turismo looks fantastic inside. The front end of the car started off nicely, I’m guessing Weil started off at the front and then lost the details of the BMW design when he got to the back. Maybe the kidney grill at the front is flaring it’s nostrils at the arse it’s been given? I mean, has he stolen some light clusters from Citroën that they’re planning on using on a people carrier?

Can anyone please just try and explain where they are trying to go with this car? I mean they’ve already got an X6 out for the people that want a coupé and a 4×4 all in one but what’s this one for; people who think the X6 is a little too tall? Or is it for people who can’t decide if they want a high spec 5 Series or a low spec 7 Series? Whilst I’m on that, at a jaw-dropping starting price of £40,000 and a poor choice of 3 engines, I really can’t see where this is going. Without driving this thing, I can really say get an X6 or a 7 Series. I mean come on, the starting engine being the 535i, a turbocharged 3-litre 306bhp engine is a poor option. I guess it maybe needed to lug that shed around on the back, god knows.

By all means, I wish BMW all the best with this car and hope they’re seeing something I’m not but please re-think the back end designs before designing the new 5 Series platform!

-Matt