UK Drivers are still ‘lane-hoggers'
One in six drivers admit to driving habit
It was announced last year that from July 2013 the police would be issuing £100 fines and three points for careless driving offences that would currently have to go to court and if you are a middle lane hogger or a motorway tailgater you would now be in the line of fire. Despite this coming into force the UK is still a nation of lane joggers. One in six British drivers admits hogging the middle lane and drivers over the age of 65 are the most likely to do this.
Five of the top ten worst stretches of road for middle lane hoggers is the M25 that orbits London, making it the worst road in the UK for this driving behaviour. The other five roads in the top ten are also found in the south east of England on sections of the M1 and M4.
Research by Direct Line shows 78% of drivers know they should not hog the middle lane and keep to the left when the road ahead is clear. However, more than half (52%) were unaware this is now a driving offence. Drivers aged 65 and above are the most likely to hog the middle lane, with 59% admitting to it compared to 41% of 18-14-year olds. Rob Miles, director of Motor at Direct Line said ‘lane hogging causes congestion, reduces the capacity of the roads, and most crucially, can be dangerous. It is also illegal which means drivers could face a £100 on-the-spot fine and three points on their license if caught. Motorists are risking their own safety and the safety of other road users through their actions If the inside lane has space, you should move into it.’
A lot of motorists are completely unaware that they lane hogging, it is not until the car behind flashes or starts to drive too closely that awareness sets in. But it is a pet hate of many a motorway driver when stuck behind the middle lane hogger. Road Safety Minister Stephen Hammond said "careless drivers are a menace and their negligence puts innocent people's lives at risk. That is why we are making it easier for the police to tackle problem drivers by allowing them to immediately issue a fixed penalty notice rather than needing to take every offender to court.”