New Motorway Laws on Middle Lane Hoggers


New motorway laws on middle lane hoggers and tailgaters – how can you stay safe and out of trouble? Unless you've been living in a cave you will have surely have heard about the new laws on the motorways that are targeting those nuisance drivers and the two examples of this are middle lane hoggers and tailgaters. But what are these offences and how can you make sure you aren't one of them?

Hogging the middle lane

I’ve been guilty of this, I’ll be honest. I didn't do it to annoy people but when I've had a long journey I have found myself just staying in the middle lane when I wasn't really overtaking people and only going 70 mph.

Well, I’ve stopped now. The £100 fine instantly stopped me doing it, and now that I have stopped I’ve started to notice just how annoying it is when other people do it. It’s essentially slowing down traffic and making people either have to overtake or in some case undertaking.

How to stop it? 
The rule of the thumb I use is if you aren't overtaking anything, go in the left lane, if you are overtaking then overtake then return to the left lane. Use your mirrors and if you see a sea of space to your left; go there - only use the other lanes to overtake only. If you continually check to always make sure you are in the correct lane as you move along the motorway you will stay out of trouble and start to notice the hoggers a bit more and how annoying they can really be!

Tailgating

I'm sure all of us have had this done to us at some point. You’re driving along on the motorway, mind your own business and then suddenly a BMW/Audi/Souped up hatchback just appears behind you RIGHT behind your bumper – some may even start to flash you and wave around! They think they’re being a tough person but in reality they are cowardly bullies and it can be terrifying for the driver.

You may feel the need to speed up to make space because slowing down may cause a collision – of course neither of these help the situation. And this is exactly why they can now be fined. Tailgating is seriously dangerous and cause major accidents.

How to stop it? 
Stay calm and don’t panic. Easier said than done, I know but if you panic by speeding up or braking then you are helping the tailgater into causing an accident. The tailgater behind isn’t doing something nice and it’s never nice to do what he or she wants you to do, but the best thing to do is to move out of the way safely: check mirrors make sure there is space and move. If there isn’t just keep at a good speed until there is, 70mph is the limit for a motorway and you shouldn’t be in the fast lane in the first place going anything less.

If you have a passenger or even a good memory it may be worthwhile to take a note of the registration number of the tailgater and call 101 and let the police know about the offence. In quite a few cases the Police will call the offender and give some advice to the driver. The offences that the police are looking at are as follows:

• Driving too close to the vehicle in front
• Failing to give way at a junction (not requiring evasive action by another driver)
• Overtaking and pushing into a queue of traffic
• Being in the wrong lane and pushing into a queue on a roundabout
• Lane discipline, such as needlessly hogging the middle or outside lanes
• Inappropriate speed
• Wheel-spins, handbrake turns and other careless manoeuvres

From BBC News. View article here

So there we have it, the police are finally taking these things a bit more seriously. There has been a lot of debate however; as surely this will take police time away from other more serious offences perhaps. How do you feel about the changes?

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