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To overtake on motorway left hand lane?

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brasty Tue 31-Oct-17 22:49:12

DP says I am. But I hate when you are on a busy motorway, and someone is sitting in the middle lane, and will not move to the left hand lane, even though it is empty. While at the same time the right hand lane is packed with cars, making it hard to pull out into the right hand lane and still leave decent distances. So I have occasionally just overtaken the middle lane hogger in the left hand lane. I know the Highway Code says you should not, but sometimes it seems the safest option.

MsHarveySpecter Tue 31-Oct-17 22:50:08

It's rude and dangerous and you should NOT do it. YABVU

WhatInTheWorldIsGoingOn Tue 31-Oct-17 22:50:09

That’s undertaking not overtaking.

MsHarveySpecter Tue 31-Oct-17 22:50:37

And it's not safe, it's really stupid.

brasty Tue 31-Oct-17 22:51:10

I know it is undertaking.
It seems less dangerous than trying to pull out into a very crowded right hand lane to overtake.

RaininSummer Tue 31-Oct-17 22:51:11

I think it is vu as safety on motorways relays on following the rules. I think you could cause an accident like that.

SuperLoveFuzz Tue 31-Oct-17 22:51:39

If safety is your concern then stay in the left lane. It sounds more like speed is your concern. YABU

Hercules12 Tue 31-Oct-17 22:51:40

Surely no-one thinks this is safe?

AyeAyeFishyPie Tue 31-Oct-17 22:52:00

It's undertaking and it's very dangerous. Please stop doing it. You have to move to the outside of the vehicle and overtake it there. Middle lane hoggers are very irritating, I grant you.

brasty Tue 31-Oct-17 22:52:22

Why is it not safe?

SoftlyCatchyMonkey1 Tue 31-Oct-17 22:52:23

Flash the people in the middle lane - they'll move over

SuperLoveFuzz Tue 31-Oct-17 22:52:31

If you can't overtake safely then don't overtake.

Unihorn Tue 31-Oct-17 22:52:33

I've done it when a car is sitting for miles at 50 in the middle lane and my lane is clear ahead. Its fucking irritating. You shouldn't though.

MsHarveySpecter Tue 31-Oct-17 22:53:02

It's not less dangerous <sigh>

averylongtimeago Tue 31-Oct-17 22:53:10

Not only is it stupid and dangerous to undertake on a motorway, it is also illegal.

brasty Tue 31-Oct-17 22:53:54

I have only done it when the right hand lane is so busy that it is genuinely difficult to pull out. And the car in the middle lane is going relatively slow.

Frillyhorseyknickers Tue 31-Oct-17 22:54:10

The thing is, is we all drove like utter fuckwits, it would be merry chaos. YABU.

SuperLoveFuzz Tue 31-Oct-17 22:54:18

It's unsafe because nobody expects you to do it (because you're not allowed). The car in the middle lane could choose to pull in at the same time.

MsHarveySpecter Tue 31-Oct-17 22:54:29

www.gov.uk/guidance/the-highway-code/motorways-253-to-273

brasty Tue 31-Oct-17 22:54:33

Why is it more dangerous? I am genuinely asking

iCoCo Tue 31-Oct-17 22:55:19

It’s not safe and is dangerous but I do not disagree. However, I hate an empty motorway where someone is in the middle lane. I don’t always move across, I’m in the right lane at the right speed.

What I hate is the fast lane, slow lane labels. There is no such thing, it should be overtaking lanes.

The UK need a driving campaign and it should be enforced, people need to realise that just because there is a lorry 1/2 a mile away, they will just not move, that is also dangerous and lazy.
It also causes delays.

I love the driving in Holland, the UK population could learn something from observing the overtaking.

brasty Tue 31-Oct-17 22:55:42

I do signal before I do it

SonicBoomBoom Tue 31-Oct-17 22:56:35

Because what if they pull in. They won't be expecting someone on their inside lane to be going faster/past them.

brasty Tue 31-Oct-17 22:56:39

iCoCo This happens occasionally to me because I do move across as you should.

SonicBoomBoom Tue 31-Oct-17 22:57:27

How do you signal an undertake? grin

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