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Nearly a quarter of British drivers regularly hog middle lane

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Today’s news is of special relevance to driving schools in the UK, because in the long run they can to play a major role in training the country’s future drivers to stick to the rules, and to adhere to common courtesy on the road. For these businesses the best driving school insurance is also very important.

According to a new research project one of the most common irritations among residents of Surrey is drivers hogging the middle lane, although it is seldom penalised.

In the poll, which was conducted by confused.com, around 24% of drivers freely admitted they often monopolised the centre lane, while about 18% said they have tailgated another car.

Despite so many people making themselves guilty of these offences, they are not often penalised.

The company also sent a Freedom of Information request to 45 police forces around Britain. This revealed that only 2,012 drivers were convicted in terms of ‘careless driving’ legislation, which covers misdemeanours such as middle lane hogging, tail-gating, driving too slow and undertaking.

Statistics for ‘careless driving’ offences in Surrey could only be provided for two years: 2014 and 2015. During this period 180 and 79 fixed penalties/summonses were issues for driving a vehicle without proper care and attention, respectively.

Confused.com commented as follows: “The number of drivers committing these dangerous offences is not surprising given that the research shows two thirds (66%) of UK drivers are unaware that these offences are punishable by at least three points on your licence and a £100 fine.”

The company’s Amanda Stretton said that lane offenders were unfortunately very hard to catch in the act. She added that both middle lane hogging and tail-gating were punishable with a fine as well as points, and they could also increase people’s car insurance premiums at a time when motoring was already expensive.

The confused.com survey also revealed that well over one third (37%) of people who acknowledged they made themselves guilty of middle-land hogging did so because they felt it made driving easier, with fewer lane changes.

Another 33% of respondents said they drove in the middle lane because it simply felt safer.

The majority of tailgaters seem to be fairly aggressive drivers. The reason most of them (63%) cited for this offence was that other drivers were driving “too slow” for their liking.

The research also revealed that 49% of drivers are of the opinion that driver education about proper lane usage should be improved, while 36% feel more has to be done to punish lane offenders.

The report adds: “This is not surprising given tailgating it is the biggest annoyance cited by drivers on the motorway (22%), with one in four (25%) saying they find themselves being tailgated at least once a week. Middle-lane hogging followed as the second most annoying behaviour by motorists on motorways (17%).”

The online survey was conducted among 2,000 British adults between 3rd April and 5th April this year. Of the 45 police forces to which confused.com sent a Freedom of Information request, only 16 provided the statistics requested.

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