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#31 Hardcore Til I Die

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Posted 04 May 2014 - 17:32

Most people in the UK don't understand how a motorway works. The left lane is the main lane while the others are for overtaking. It's the way it's ment to be. If you sit in the middle lane you're a ####.

 

The only time I sit in the middle lane is when I'm only about 5-10 seconds away from a truck or another slow moving vehicle in front. I get enough aggro over that from drivers in a hurry, but I'm not going to start weaving in and out of lanes just to let impatient people pass. 

 

If I'm not about to overtake something imminently I'll be in the left lane. 




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Posted 04 May 2014 - 17:39

Undertaking (passing on the left) is an illegal manoeuvre UNLESS there's a queue of traffic in the right hand lane and the left lane is moving faster. Hence by passing on the left, we would be committing an offence. 

 

Like this @0.35 :p

 

 

 

The only time I sit in the middle lane is when I'm only about 5-10 seconds away from a truck or another slow moving vehicle in front. I get enough aggro over that from drivers in a hurry, but I'm not going to start weaving in and out of lanes just to let impatient people pass. 

 

If I'm not about to overtake something imminently I'll be in the left lane. 

 

I was refering to people who have a clear left lane but continune to stay in the middle.



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Posted 04 May 2014 - 17:52

Your now edited post ignores something that your earlier post highlighted, in that you should not overtake on the left:

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Do not overtake on the left or move to a lane on your left to overtake."


When you're travelling in the left hand lane and someone is driving in the middle lane, you should move over to the right hand lane to overtake. In theory if there's only two lanes you shouldn't overtake at all. I'd argue that moving over to the same lane and then honking your horn would be appropriate, because once the person knows you're there they should move over to let you pass.

The fact that someone is misusing an overtaking lane doesn't mean it's okay to break the law yourself by undertaking.


According to the 1988 Road Traffic Act, the highway code is not law. Honking your horn at a driver? That's against the Highway Code unless specifically doing it to warn them of danger :rofl:

7)A failure on the part of a person to observe a provision of the Highway Code shall not of itself render that person liable to criminal proceedings of any kind but any such failure may in any proceedings (whether civil or criminal, and including proceedings for an offence under the Traffic Acts, the M1Public Passenger Vehicles Act 1981 or sections 18 to 23 of the M2Transport Act 1985) be relied upon by any party to the proceedings as tending to establish or negative any liability which is in question in those proceedings.


http://www.legislati...8/52/section/38

And that people who get grabbed for undertaking did so because they did it dangerously, like the guy in the video who moved into the left lane specifically to overtake and dived back into the middle line.

Cruising at 70mph in the left lane when a middle lane hogger is going under the limit isn't dangerous driving and its always the middle lane hogger that gets punished, because that is driving without due care.

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Posted 04 May 2014 - 18:46

According to the 1988 Road Traffic Act, the highway code is not law. Honking your horn at a driver? That's against the Highway Code unless specifically doing it to warn them of danger :rofl:

http://www.legislati...8/52/section/38

And that people who get grabbed for undertaking did so because they did it dangerously, like the guy in the video who moved into the left lane specifically to overtake and dived back into the middle line.

Cruising at 70mph in the left lane when a middle lane hogger is going under the limit isn't dangerous driving and its always the middle lane hogger that gets punished, because that is driving without due care.

 

Passing on the left when other road users expect to be passed on the right is also arguably driving without due care. 

 

To prove driving without due care, the prosecution have to prove that the standard of driving fell below that of a careful and competent driver. Passing on the left, when motorists expect to be passed on the right as per the highway code, when the option to pass on the right is there, is clearly negligent. If you can pass on the right then do so - there's no excuse for passing on the left if you can pass on the right! Doing so might cause a collision because motorists expect to be passed on the right, not the left. The middle lane hogger might move into the left lane when you approach so that you can then pass in the middle lane. If you're going for an undertake that could cause a collision, and you'd both have some degree of liability for using the road in ways it was not intended.

 

Honking your horn is to warn others of your presence - not necessarily danger.

 

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The horn. Use only while your vehicle is moving and you need to warn other road users of your presence. Never sound your horn aggressively.

An example of appropriate use of the horn is when going around a blind corner, over the brow of a bridge, near a concealed entrance or a hidden dip. This will warn other vehicles that can't see you that you're there. 



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Posted 04 May 2014 - 19:29

I'd say just because they expect to be passed on the right shouldn't make an ounce of difference, if they aren't even looking into the lane they're about to drive into is sheer recklessness.

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Posted 04 May 2014 - 19:35

I'd say just because they expect to be passed on the right shouldn't make an ounce of difference, if they aren't even looking into the lane they're about to drive into is sheer recklessness.

 

They might be looking and see you approach, but not expect you to pass because you're supposed to pass on the right. I.e. they anticipate your moving over into the right hand lane to overtake and they decide to make it easier for you, not realising that you're actually speeding up to pass on the left. 

 

All I would say is, there's no reason to pass on the left if the right hand lane is available. It could be the single action that decides the outcome of your trial. I know the highway code itself isn't law, but the Road Traffic Act does say it will be taken into consideration as supporting evidence. It therefore seems silly to wilfully ignore it. 

 

Please note that I think the middle lane hoggers are stupid and a menace; I'm just saying that two wrongs don't make a right! 



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Posted 04 May 2014 - 19:52

saw a guy this morning tailgating a guy on the right because traffic on the left was also slow.



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Posted 04 May 2014 - 20:06

Another annoyance: when I'm performing a valid overtake and the car behind me tailgates, clearly wanting to drive faster but having no extra lane to overtake me with. Instead they try to force me to move out of the lane as soon as possible. 

 

Maybe I should start to put my hazards on to make them back off. 

 

And once, I was coming up to a roundabout and was going straight over (2nd exit). The person behind me did the same, but he overtook me on the inside lane and cut in front of me. 



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Posted 04 May 2014 - 22:24

It always bugs me when someone drives with just their parking lights on in bad weather or when it is getting dark. Turn on your headlights if the situation calls for it; parking lights are only for when you are parked and it is even a violation to use them for driving in some states and countries.



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Posted 12 May 2014 - 01:08

9. Waiting for a lane to completely end before merging

Roads go from three lanes to two lanes or two lanes to one lane all the time. The wrong way to handle this is to drive until the very end of the lane that's ending, and then try to merge at the last possible moment. This causes traffic jams. EDIT: This causes traffic jams because no one knows how to zipper merge, because people are jerks and hate letting people in. Here's a graphic provided by Nobody showing how to do it:

 

Instead, merge as soon as you are able. Sure, there that lane there that looks pretty open, but just merge when you can and you'll help everyone. You also won't look like a total tool!

 

Gotta disagree with this one. Where I live (Montréal, QC), people generally "zipper merge" just fine, or least every car lets one from the other lane pass in front of it. There are some jerks but not that many. I don't think it matters where people merge, when an entire lane disappears in heavy traffic it will cause a massive slowdown, that's just inevitable.

 

However, this:

 8. Not utilizing on-ramps to accelerate to highway speeds
By the time you get to the highway, you better be going as fast as the people on the highway, so you can merge into traffic immediately and safely. This means, you should be doing at least 55 on any interstate by the time you get to the end of the ramp. And for the love of all that is good, don't stop at the end of the ramp. That's so dangerous its crazy.

does drive me insane, when I'm trying to merge into highway traffic and the guy in front of me won't accelerate enough. Idiots!



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Posted 12 May 2014 - 01:31

why isn't  'Don't masturbate while driving' listed??



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Posted 12 May 2014 - 01:50

11. People that come to a complete stop to take a right turn. What. The. F***.

(Obviously when you're driving on the right hand side of the road.)

If you are at a stoplight it is illegal to turn right on red without treating the red light as a STOP sign. You must stop, look, then go. It must be a full and complete stop with your tires NOT rolling. If it says no turn on red, then you can't turn right on red at all. Otherwise, you must stop at the red light for the right turn and then continue.



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Posted 12 May 2014 - 04:23

can't forget about the people that practically stop at an intersection, while the whole front end is sticking way too far into the intersection itself....yet they're too dumb to realize it and not back up so they're not. Which can end up with someone hitting them



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Posted 12 May 2014 - 09:58

One thing that isn't on the list that, I think, should be is not using your indicators! Road drivers are not mind readers and it really isn't that hard!

 

I'm in the same boat as a few other people about passing people of the left lane if they're doing less that 70mph. I don't think there's anything wrong with it.



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Posted 21 May 2014 - 09:30

SERIOUSLY what is the deal with this. I can remember when I first started driving in like 1996, NOONE did this. Now EVERYWHERE I go I see people pulling up to lights and they leave not just 1, but 2-3 car lengths between them and the car in front of them. I don't get it... I am starting to think these people all have some type of mental disorder.

They do it so they can finish the text message they started at the previous lights!