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Old 03-28-2010, 12:17 AM
 
Location: Georgia native in McKinney, TX
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When I lived in England, passing laws on the motorways was strictly enforced and the drivers heeded it to the T.

So as not to be confusing, will lay it out on American terms (the British drive on the left, so it could be confusing to put it in British terms. I will switch everything to our American way, driving on the right). Most of the Motorways there were three lanes in each direction (speaking of non urban areas of course). All traffic would be in the slow lane (right by our standards). You would only go left to the center lane if you were passing another slower vehicle ahead of you in the right lane. The only time you would go to the far left lane is if you were going faster than a car in the right lane and there was a slightly faster car in the middle lane passing the first one, but still going slower than the speed you wanted. If you leaped frog those three by going into the third lane on the far left, you then got all the way back over to the far right after you safely passed the other two.

No one ever rode the far left and stayed in it, NOR the center lane (again, it was actually the far right, but stay with me as I continue to Americanize this). It was also illegal, and you would be ticketed, if you were in the center lane, came upon someone still in the center lane going slower than you and tried to pass them on the right hand side. You MUST only pass someone on their left, NEVER on their right, no matter the circumstances.
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Old 03-28-2010, 08:05 AM
 
Location: Marietta, GA
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When I lived in England, passing laws on the motorways was strictly enforced and the drivers heeded it to the T.

So as not to be confusing, will lay it out on American terms (the British drive on the left, so it could be confusing to put it in British terms. I will switch everything to our American way, driving on the right). Most of the Motorways there were three lanes in each direction (speaking of non urban areas of course). All traffic would be in the slow lane (right by our standards). You would only go left to the center lane if you were passing another slower vehicle ahead of you in the right lane. The only time you would go to the far left lane is if you were going faster than a car in the right lane and there was a slightly faster car in the middle lane passing the first one, but still going slower than the speed you wanted. If you leaped frog those three by going into the third lane on the far left, you then got all the way back over to the far right after you safely passed the other two.

No one ever rode the far left and stayed in it, NOR the center lane (again, it was actually the far right, but stay with me as I continue to Americanize this). It was also illegal, and you would be ticketed, if you were in the center lane, came upon someone still in the center lane going slower than you and tried to pass them on the right hand side. You MUST only pass someone on their left, NEVER on their right, no matter the circumstances.
Thank you. That's been my experience exactly (my mother was originally British and I spend a lot of time in the UK...was there last in Nov 2009) in the UK and most of Europe. They also use other means for speed detection via averaging cameras and strictly enforce DUI laws. The American process for driving tests and licensing is very lax in comparison.
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