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  • Fact: (based on my personal observation) (In the US) the lanes to the left are passing lanes. If even ONE car passes you on the right, you should move over to the right lane and let the faster traffic pass you on the _left_.

    This prevents you, the slower driver, from being an impedance to traffic, frustrating other drivers, and causing them to make stupid, often drastic descisions while driving.

    if someone in front of you is driving too slow for you, pass them on the left and then _return_ to your original
    • In the UK the inside lane is the driving lane, the middle and outside lanes (and any other outer lanes for carriageways more than 3 lanes wide) are overtaking lanes. It states this in the Highway Code book that all drivers are supposed to read before passing their test. It's also illegal to undertake (passing in a nearside lane).

      About 10 years ago there was a trial by Warwickshire police to fine roadhogging offenders on the M40, for driving without due care and attention to other road users. It appeared to be successful, but then the trial finished and I've never heard any other police force it taking up.

      I really think there should be a motorway test, which is completely separate from a driving test. I've known of several people who are poor motorway drivers. Nicole (my other half), hates them. It takes *a lot* of encouragement to get her up to 70mph, and as soon as a lorry overtakes her it sends her in to a panic. Its not as if she's had an accident to freak her out either, its just lack of confidence and experience. I've been trying to encourage her to drive over to my parents (M42/M6/M69), but haven't had any luck so far.