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Post by willy eckerslike on Mon Aug 29, 2016 7:19 pm

Driving along in the left hand lane there's a lorry ahead. Check mirrors and there's a car in the middle lane, the right hand lane is clear so you indicate to pull out. The car flashes it's headlights so you overtake the lorry and pull back in all at the same speed. The car then overtakes you and drives into the distance usually still in the middle lane. Where is the logic ??? scratch head confused3

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Post by bikeralw on Mon Aug 29, 2016 8:18 pm

At least the car was going faster than you and the truck. The worst ones are the folk who sit in the middle lane at a steady 60mph and everyone and their brother is forced to move from the left out to the right lane and back again.. Mind you it's surprising how often I see undertakers...
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Post by m8form8 on Mon Aug 29, 2016 9:02 pm

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Post by Wargenwolf on Mon Aug 29, 2016 10:31 pm

We've just had several £Millions spent on the A1 Western Bypass through Gateshead, widening it to three lanes and what do motorists do...... ?

They ignore the new nearside lane and travel in what's now the centre lane, usually below the speed limit, clogging the entire network up censored!

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Post by daisy mae on Mon Aug 29, 2016 10:47 pm

I have a friend who always hogs the middle lane, I pointed out to her that it was an overtaking lane, answer I stay there so I don`t have to keep going back to the first lane,and having difficulty getting out,  she just couldn`t see it.

If I see someone on the slip road coming on to my lane ( inside ) if safe,  after signalling, I move over to middle lane to let them in and then move back to the inside lane, friend said I shouldn`t do that, it`s all about courtesy, in my book.
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Post by Dutto on Tue Aug 30, 2016 1:39 am

daisy mae wrote:............, it`s all about courtesy, in my book.

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... but if you go to France I suggest that you don't try it because all you will do is cause confusion!  Whistle1

French friends visited us in Aberdeenshire and were incredibly impressed at the average politeness on Scottish roads, especially in traffic and especially when we were in Aberdeen.

"I'm going to try that when we get back home!" said Jean-Claude to his wife Danielle who was telling us the tale, "It makes life so much easier and makes driving in town a lot easier."

She was crying tears of laughter telling us the tale because J-C didn't even make it completely out of the Charles De Gaul airport in Paris before he was shouting at a fellow driver and giving him the finger!

Why?  J-C had tried the "after you" approach at a point where traffic was filtering in from a side road and as a result both he and the other driver finished up at a virtual standstill as the other driver just didn't believe him and had refused to enter the main road ahead of him! lol4 lol4

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Post by dbroada on Tue Aug 30, 2016 7:40 am

While I was living in Germany it became illegal to be undertaken. In general their lane discipline was pretty good but this was just a little reminder to get back to the fist lane.

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Post by Greyhound on Tue Aug 30, 2016 9:21 am

dbroada wrote:While I was living in Germany it became illegal to be undertaken. In general their lane discipline was pretty good but this was just a little reminder to get back to the fist lane.

It's 3 points here to hog the middle lane, the problem is there's no police on the roads to carry out the enforcement so no-one has bothered changing their driving style.

I occasionally undertake, especially in the MH where I don't want to be swerving over 3 lanes just to go around 1 idiot.

It's not an offence to undertake by the way, but it should be done with care as you can get done if an accident occurs as a direct result of it, so I tend to crawl past their inside if I do it at all. They usually still sit in the lane for miles afterwards too oblivious to the fact a MH is faster than them.
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Post by bikeralw on Tue Aug 30, 2016 10:21 am

Most German motorways are only 2 lanes, and the speed differential between the two is in the region of 100%! Pull out to overtake a slow tanker and in seconds you have a dozen Audis and BMWs hard on your tail. Lane discipline tends to be self-policed..
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Post by dbroada on Tue Aug 30, 2016 8:51 pm

bikeralw wrote:Most German motorways are only 2 lanes, and the speed differential between the two is in the region of 100%! Pull out to overtake a slow tanker and in seconds you have a dozen Audis and BMWs hard on your tail. Lane discipline tends to be self-policed..
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most German motorways WERE only two lanes. The 3 lane motorway is now quite common and the lane discipline on these is not as good as on their two lane ones.

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Post by bikeralw on Tue Aug 30, 2016 9:31 pm

I did about 1500 miles on German motorways in 2013 en-route to Hungary, and I guess 1000 of those miles were on two lane motorways. I agree with what you say though, discipline is far worse when 3 or more lanes are involved..
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Post by Greyhound on Wed Aug 31, 2016 9:01 am

bikeralw wrote:I agree with what you say though, discipline is far worse when 3 or more lanes are involved..

As a commuter up the M11 I'm not sure I agree. There is regularly a long tail back in the offside lane with nothing in the nearside.

My biggest headache though is when you get 2 lorries on dual carriageway overtaking each other at 0.1 mph for 5 miles.
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Post by m8form8 on Wed Aug 31, 2016 9:14 am

Drives my partner mad when lorries overtake doing 0.1mph faster, keeps saying "whats the -----ing point of that". hugegrins hugegrins hugegrins
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Post by Dutto on Wed Aug 31, 2016 9:21 am

m8form8 wrote:Drives my partner mad when lorries overtake doing 0.1mph faster, keeps saying "whats the -----ing point of that". hugegrins hugegrins hugegrins
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Post by SteveUK on Wed Aug 31, 2016 3:34 pm

Noggin wrote:
bikeralw wrote:I agree with what you say though, discipline is far worse when 3 or more lanes are involved..

As a commuter up the M11 I'm not sure I agree.  There is regularly a long tail back in the offside lane with nothing in the nearside.

My biggest headache though is when you get 2 lorries on dual carriageway overtaking each other at 0.1 mph for 5 miles.

Is there an M11 in Germany then?
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Post by willy eckerslike on Thu Sep 01, 2016 2:48 pm

Lane discipline in this country is atrocious, most motorway drivers have seemingly never heard of braking distance. When we lived in Germany merging on to an autobahn at busy times was quite civilised as it was in road works. You did get the odd hog who forced his way in at the last minute (ususally in a big Mercedes) !!

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Post by bikeralw on Thu Sep 01, 2016 5:21 pm

There are lots of sections on continental M-ways where it's forbidden for HGV's to move out from the right hand lane, unless exceptionally slow vehicles are being overtaken.
I've done 1000's of miles on M-ways abroad, and I have to say it's much less stressful than the UK, mind you, a passenger is essential..
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Post by Wargenwolf on Thu Sep 01, 2016 5:47 pm

bikeralw wrote:...........I've done 1000's of miles on M-ways abroad, and I have to say it's much less stressful than the UK, mind you, a passenger is essential..
Al.

That's pretty much my experience too, except there's always a fly in the ointment and mine was a 4 or 5 lane Motorway skirting around Milan a couple of years ago.  

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Post by Wargenwolf on Thu Sep 01, 2016 5:47 pm

bikeralw wrote:...........I've done 1000's of miles on M-ways abroad, and I have to say it's much less stressful than the UK, mind you, a passenger is essential..
Al.

That's pretty much my experience too, except there's always a fly in the ointment and mine was a 4 or 5 lane Motorway skirting around Milan a couple of years ago.  

I survived the experience, but it definitely was an experience Whistle1
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Post by dbroada on Thu Sep 01, 2016 6:47 pm

bikeralw wrote:I've done 1000's of miles on M-ways abroad, and I have to say it's much less stressful than the UK, mind you, a passenger is essential..
Most of my European driving has been solo and the biggest problem I had was entering multi storey car parks, and even that got easier once I had a car with electric windows.

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Post by Paulmold on Thu Sep 01, 2016 6:57 pm

m8form8 wrote:Drives my partner mad when lorries overtake doing 0.1mph faster, keeps saying "whats the -----ing point of that". hugegrins hugegrins hugegrins
With lorries with limiters, when they come up to another then they have to ease off the throttle and it takes a couple of miles to build the speed back up, so they just continue with their foot to the floor. No actual experience, just been told by lorry drivers.
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Post by burlingtonboaby on Thu Sep 01, 2016 7:20 pm

Wargenwolf wrote:We've just had several £Millions spent on the A1 Western Bypass through Gateshead, widening it to three lanes and what do motorists do...... ?

They ignore the new nearside lane and travel in what's now the centre lane, usually below the speed limit, clogging the entire network up censored!
Came through this lunch time and as you say WW, the inside lane was empty ,except for one knackered out transit full of scrap, made my van look good.
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Post by Wargenwolf on Thu Sep 01, 2016 7:37 pm

burlingtonboaby wrote:
Wargenwolf wrote:We've just had several £Millions spent on the A1 Western Bypass through Gateshead, widening it to three lanes and what do motorists do...... ?

They ignore the new nearside lane and travel in what's now the centre lane, usually below the speed limit, clogging the entire network up censored!
Came through this lunch time and as you say WW, the inside lane was empty ,except for one knackered out transit full of scrap, made my van look good.
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There's a good chance I will have spotted you without realising it was you, as I was up and down that stretch a lot today. Enjoy Grange ! (Stored my last caravan in their secure compound several years ago as it was my nearest secure storage)
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Post by m8form8 on Thu Sep 01, 2016 8:04 pm

Plenty of lorries to be seen trying to overtake each other around Genova today, It was not nice trying to get past as they clogged up the center lane. Think I upset a few Italians by actually using the overtaking lane, making them wait to go well bejond the speed limit as they like to over here. hugegrins
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