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Originally Posted by Horatio View Post
Which is exactly what I'm prepared to do, but let's play fair and actually give each other an opportunity to drive correctly.

If you are in the outside lane, are not overtaking other vehicles, and are not keeping up with traffic, then you are being inconsiderate to other road users. I had one on the M56 roadworkds just today - a Focus doing an indicated 38 according to my speedo (so about 35 in reality) in the outside lane and refusing to pull over. He was being repeatedly 'undertaken' by a number of vehicles going faster in the middle lane. In the end, I resigned myself to following suit.

The same Focus driver didn't leave the outside lane even once he'd left the roadworks. At times, he had no traffic in either lane to his left, but he still sat in lane three. Once we were back to NSL, he made a point of catching up and blasting past me at 90+. At this point, I was where I should have been - in lane 2, passing vehicles in lane 1, leaving lane 3 clear for overtaking traffic.

Now which one of us is the safe driver again?

My point, and I still believe it's valid, is that the speed anyone chooses to do is between them and the authorities. If you are overtaking or even keeping up with traffic, then by all means stay in the outside lane. If you are not overtaking, have clear road ahead of you and have traffic behind, then move over.

I do not have a problem being behind a vehicle that's travelling slower than I wish to. If it's being driven correctly, I will hang back and wait for the driver to have the opportunity and courtesy to move over.

But I do object to the unqualified, self-appointed traffic police that some people seem to think they are these days, especially in roadworks. If someone wants to dictate how others use the roads, then they should get themselves a uniform, a car with some blue lights on it, and above all some proper training.

OK, thanoks for clarifying a few points. I totally agree with you on the Focus driver, if you are on a multi lane road and there is no traffic to your left... You pull over.

However, the reality is, 90% of drivers seem to think it's unworthy of them to use the inside lane on a motorway. To a degree I agree with them. But for what I think is a valid reason. There are sections of motorway that I use (mainly M1 between London and Sheffield) where the road is so bad, in lane 1 you get really bad tramlining effect from the wear left by trucks. This can be dangerous to other drivers, I'm almost had the wheel ripped out of my hand because of this. So I normally stick to the middle lane... But I'm usually travelling at a speed that keeps me ahead of anything travelling behind me. If I see a car comming up behind and the right lane is busy, I move over if I can. If the right lane is empty, well they can go around me... and to be honest, if they are catching me up quickly... they're doing at least 90+.

If I'm on an empty motorway, I'll usually stick to the middle lane... as I'll be travelling quite fast and using lane 1 would be dangerous and using lane 3 would be silly. Plus, if anything happens, I have a buffer zone either side.

But going back to the roadworks, whilst in them the Focus driver was not causing any grief to anyone and was driving perfectly acceptably... When he got out, he'd probably annoy me if he did that too.
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