The Dangers of Middle Lane Hogging
Has ‘middle lane hogging’ caused a crisis on our motorways? Some would argue ‘yes’. There seems to be a fundamental problem in the UK with drivers not understanding how a motorway is supposed to work. In this article we’re delving into the issues surrounding middle lane hogging, and how we can all work to fix it.
What is Middle Lane Hogging?
Simply put, middle lane hogging is when a vehicle hogs the middle lane. They will persistently stick to this lane, never pulling back into the left hand land until their junction comes up. While this seems like a very surface level problem, the issue actually runs a little deeper than you might think.
For drivers who are new to the road, or do not regularly drive on the motorway, then the prospect of 3 or 4 lanes can be fairly daunting. It can also be confusing to determine which lane you should be in at any given time.
Does this lane feed into a slip road? Will it merge at any point? This confusion can sometimes lead drivers to stick to the middle lane, when actually this is against the Highway Code.
Why is Lane Discipline Important?
So why is middle lane hogging a problem? What tangible negative effects does it have on the motorway and everyone who drives on it? Here’s just a few.