Why Middle-Lane Hogging Is A No-No
Back in June 2015, the first driver was prosecuted for hogging the middle lane, fined £1000 and given five penalty points. Following this, we thought we’d dedicate this month’s blog to why middle-lane driving is a big no-no and how it could put you and others on the road at risk.
Middle-lane hogging has been a common driving habit for many over the years, some unaware of the implications. Many drivers believe that there’s nothing wrong with driving in the middle-lane and claim that it’s actually safer. Contrary to what some believe, there are in fact dangers, along with a few other reasons why you shouldn’t be hogging the middle-lane.
It’s against the law and you’re breaking the Highway Code
Whether or not people think they’re safer in the middle-lane, by doing so, you are breaking the law and the Highway Code. Part 264 of the Highway Code says:
‘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.’
It can cause congestion
The president of AA, Edmund King has suggested that lane hogging can cause congestion, disabling other drivers overtaking. Research by the RAC Foundation has also stated that lane hogging can waste a third of motorway capacity.
You’re endangering yourself and others on the road
The main concern of middle-lane hogging is safety, causing many drivers to make dangerous manoeuvres. As well as this, lane hogging makes other drivers on the road angry, influencing them to make erratic decisions, weaving in and out of traffic.
A survey by Highways England found that of nearly 300 drivers, 15% admitted to road rage when encountering a middle-lane hogger. 45% of those surveyed also expressed that lane hoggers are among the most dangerous drivers on motorways.
It’s important that whilst driving on the motorway that you don’t undertake traffic to your right. Undertaking is not only dangerous, but also illegal in the UK and you can be convicted for careless driving.
If you’re caught middle-lane hogging, you can expect a £100 fine and 3 points on your licence.
What are your thoughts on middle-lane hogging? We’d be interested in hearing your views, so feel free to comment below or contact us!