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UK still a nation of middle-lane hoggers

PUBLISHED: 11:40 29 August 2014 | UPDATED: 11:40 29 August 2014

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The majority of drivers in the UK, especially over 65’s, hog the middle lane of motorways.

Drivers in the UK are still hogging the middle lane and the M25 is the worst road for this poor driving habit. 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 10 worst stretches of road for middle lane hoggers were on the M25 that orbits London, making it the worst road in the UK for this driving behaviour. The other five roads in the top 10 are also to be found in the south east of England on sections of the M1 and M4.

The worst piece of road overall for middle lane hoggers is the stretch between junctions 5 and 6 westbound on the M4 near Slough, where the middle lane is hogged for 27% of the time.

Data from the Highways Agency shows this problem has not gone away despite new legislation that allows the police to fine drivers for not keeping to the left unless overtaking.

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 commented: ‘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.’

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