Advantages Less traffic and accidents
Disadvantages Disadvantages of correct lane discipline?
This really is one thing on the road that drives me crazy. I may be young, I might drive a car that people consider too powerful for a 21 year old, but at least I know which lane I should be in. The sheer number of drivers, who I’m sure, consider themselves to be safe, that consistently drive in the wrong lane is worrying.We all sat our driving tests to pretty much the same standard, so why is it that so many people fail to observe lane disciplines? I’ll start off by describing what I think are the main situations where lane discipline is severely lacking and then what problems these cause.
***Motorways***This must be the one that springs to most people’s minds when the term “lane discipline” is mentioned. So how is it that we should be driving on a motorway?? The first clue as to why people get it wrong is by the common definition of lanes. Let me explain further…….. how often do you hear police referring to the outside lane as “the fast lane”? They will refer to it as “Lane 3”. If I had a pound for every time I’ve heard the lanes described as the slow, middle and fast lane, I’d be a very rich man. I am of the belief that this is where the problem is occurring.
The lane that you should be driving in on a motorway is lane 1 (the inside lane). If there is a vehicle preventing you from making progress, you should move into lane 2 to overtake. Again, if this is blocked by a vehicle travelling slower, then lane 3 should be used to pass.How often does it happen like this? My guess is very rarely! How often do you encounter the sales rep in his/her Vectra or Omega who thinks that lane 3 has his/her name on it, and that they must stay in it for their whole journey? I see it every time I travel on a motorway. What about the sidetracked parent who is doing 70mph in lane 3? They have a queue of traffic behind them, who can’t (technically) undertake, and they are oblivious to the mayhem they are causing. This applies again to the dreaded middle lane drivers! They aren’t driving slowly, but they aren’t comfortable with the pace of lane 3, so they opt to conduct their 240-mile journey at 70mph in the middle lane. Never mind that the traffic in lane 1 has cleared and that they could move back in for a while. Instead they force everyone into lane 3 to overtake them.
***Roundabouts***This has to be my personal bugbear. I abhor people who fail to keep to the correct lane at roundabouts. It is a simple rule, and again, one that we all learned from the Highway Code. Yet there is an array of people that are either too arrogant or oblivious to bother keeping the correct lane.
There are many different sizes of roundabouts……some have 2 lanes, many have 3. So who are the offenders and why do they do it?First, we have Mr Aggressive!! Usually in a company car, and always in a rush. He thinks that by getting 3 cars in front, he will get somewhere much quicker. Hence, he always opts for the lane approaching the roundabout, with the least number of cars in it. He will then proceed to out accelerate the others and turn off where he wants to.
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