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to get really annoyed by middle lane drivers?

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cherryade8 Sat 25-May-13 23:08:30

Drove to visit relatives today on the motorway. As usual, there were a few middle lane drivers on the motorway, who were overtaking no one other than an empty lane to the left of them. They cause tailbacks and prevent other drivers overtaking, especially when the second overtaking lane is full of cars trying to get past. Aibu to get really angry with these people?!

The middle lane is for overtaking ffs, not poodling along in whilst the lane to your left is empty sometimes I want to undertake them to demonstrate the lane they are not using in other countries, such as Australia, the police fine you if you're caught in the middle lane whilst not overtaking another vehicle, why don't the police do that here?

Whatalotofpiffle Sat 25-May-13 23:35:01

I agree entirely! YANBU! Some people have no idea how to drive on the motorway and don't realise you should fill the left lanes and use the others for overtaking.

AKissIsNotAContract Sat 25-May-13 23:36:42

YANBU, motorway lessons should be compulsory after drivers pass their test.

Whatalotofpiffle Sat 25-May-13 23:36:51

I have said / ranted about this to friends though and they actually didn't know.... Is it an education thing? (like my dp not knowing that if there is no right exit on a roundabout the right hand land is used for straight over)

Whatalotofpiffle Sat 25-May-13 23:37:44

Lessons should definitely be compulsory

IKnowWhat Sat 25-May-13 23:41:10


Middle lane squatters are irritating and don't know their Highway Code.

PearlyWhites Sat 25-May-13 23:43:40

What if the left lane us full of people plodding along at 50 is it then acceptable to do 70 in the middle lane?

MaryMotherOfCheeses Sat 25-May-13 23:46:46

YANBU to say that they shouldn't be sat in the middle lane but really, you can't afford to be wound up about this. It's an eye roll and an inconvenience.

And YABU to undertake. That makes you as bad as the middle laners I'm afraid.

MousyMouse Sat 25-May-13 23:47:55

I like driving in france for that reason. where you can (nearly) be sure that the annoying middle lane hogger who causes a jam has british plates...

Whatalotofpiffle Sat 25-May-13 23:53:58

Pearly, of course it is! 70 is the speed limit for all lanes.

Whatalotofpiffle Sat 25-May-13 23:56:55

But you move back if there is a gap

PearlyWhites Sat 25-May-13 23:57:17

smile I know, what I meant was is it acceptable to hog the middle lane doing 70, because that is what I do.

PearlyWhites Sat 25-May-13 23:58:04

Ok but there never seems to be a flipping gap.

manticlimactic Sun 26-May-13 00:41:07

If you are going faster than the vehicles in the left hand lane then yes, perfectly fine. It's not hogging if you can't get back into the left lane AND you're overtaking them.

SignoraStronza Sun 26-May-13 00:43:04

No, yanbu. Am doing a long distance drive on Tuesday - another thing to look forward to.

GTbaby Sun 26-May-13 00:45:27

I agree. My husband Didn't know this rule. Had his licence 10years longer then me. I get very wound up!

HabbaDabba Sun 26-May-13 00:57:06

I usually drive 70mph on the middle lane. It saves moving in and out since inevitably there are always trucks and old guys in Rovers doing 50-60mph on the inside lane.

The consensus here seems to be that I am hogging the middle lane. Even if I am doing the national speed limit? confused

horseonabeach Sun 26-May-13 01:18:32

It's not about what speed you are doing!

YANBU OP. the absolute WORST are the massive cunts that move into the middle lane as soon as they're on the motorway! On - middle. Die, middle lane hoggers, die.

DupontetDupond Sun 26-May-13 01:47:37

Doing 70 is not an excuse to sit in the middle lane unless you are overtaking something in the inside lane.

Loulybelle Sun 26-May-13 02:17:21

YANBU, it drives me up the sodding wall, because its always some really small, underpowered car, even in my bloody Kia Picanto, i can go quicker than those bastards.

HabbaDabba Sun 26-May-13 03:38:48

70mph is the national speed limit. I'm a cunt because you want to drive faster and I'm in your way???

HabbaDabba Sun 26-May-13 03:43:19

Why do I get the impression that I've wandered into a thread full of twats who think that people should get out of their way so that they can bomb down the motorway at 80+?

SilveryMoon Sun 26-May-13 04:23:29

I'm a new driver, I always stay in the left Lane because it freaks me out to have cars on both sides.
What is the reason you're not allowed to undertake? I do that sometimes

FirstStopCafe Sun 26-May-13 04:31:42

YANBU - I hate this. Never undertake though, it's too dangerous

nightowlmostly Sun 26-May-13 05:24:34

habbadabba If I'm going along a motorway in the left hand lane and one across someone in the middle going slower, I have to change lanes 4 times to overtake you, when it should only take 2 lane changes. That makes it a lot more dangerous for me to overtake you, just because you fancy sitting in the middle?

And if you're doing dead on 70 then that's nice, but you're likely to slip under a little now and again, which makes it really annoying to be on the left side of you and having to slow down all the time to avoid undertaking. So I have to do the 4 lane change thing just to get past, when it should be much easier.

Just stay in the left unless you're going faster than the people in that lane, it's not hard! OP YANBU!

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