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Motorway myth

Although there are more than 2,000 miles of motorway across Britain, they remain a bit of a mystery to some drivers due to widely-held but wrong beliefs. Perhaps the most common of these motorway myths is the ‘fast lane’ and ‘slow lane’. These are commonly used phrases, but don’t actually exist. The left-hand lane should be used for normal driving when the road ahead is clear. The other lanes should only be used for overtaking slower moving or speed-restricted vehicles and you should return to the left-hand lane as soon as you are safely past, there is no fast or slow lane.

Use the left lane

It would appear few drivers know this, but the left lane on the motorway is for normal driving. All others are for overtaking. Highway code rule 238 states: ‘You should drive in the left-hand lane if the road ahead is clear. Return to the left-hand lane once you have overtaken all the vehicles or if you are delaying traffic behind you.’ You can try and justify why driving a steady 70mph in the middle or right hand lanes is acceptable, but it’s against the rules. Police now have new powers to tackle middle lane hoggers and if you’re caught, you can face an on the spot fine.