Opinion: Undertaking on motorways should be allowed

I don't want to be waiting for another person who can't understand lane discipline

9w ago

In Europe people are not allowed to undertake on roads with several lanes to them. The idea is that the closer you are to the crash barrier you are the faster that lane is but in the UK at least a lot don't seem to follow that idea. The main issue here is middle lane hogging.

This is where a bastard in the middle lane can't be bothered to change lanes at all. In the highway code it states that rule 264 is: "You should always drive in the left-hand lane when the road ahead is clear. If you are overtaking a number of slower-moving vehicles, you should return to the left-hand lane as soon as you are safely past."

Why people go against this isn't scientifically proven but it is believed to be because people are too lazy to keep changing lanes or because they are scared of doing so. I want to be able to get past this lazy dumbhead without making 4 lane changes and the solution here is to undertake the idiot. There is the space available so let's use it.

It also makes traffic flow better

Our country is Β£2.1 trillion in debt. That is only being made worse by people sitting in traffic and driving slowly. In 2019 the UK lost Β£6.9 billion to heavy traffic and all the associated costs. The average driver lost 115 hours that year to traffic as well. Some of that would have been because lanes were rendered inactive at some points or because someone was driving too slowly in outer lanes. Let me undertake these lazy pests Grant Shapps (transport secretary) and I'll earn more money you can tax me on.

It will also save lives

When an ambulance needs to save lives via a trip to hospital the patient needs to get to the hospital as soon as possible. If they are too late it is possible that the patient could die. Chances are that you have seen ambulances trapped within slow traffic before. Lets make the job of the driver easier and let them undertake to save a person's life.

Its better for the environment

When going having to brake and accelerate constantly to adjust to new lane speeds a lot of fuel is wasted in the process. Because of this fuel consumption goes down and you are hit in the wallet. If you could stay at a consistent speed in the same lane the engine will suffer less wear and the RPM will be lower as an average which leads to lower CO2 emissions. There is also the fact that the extra distance covered by travelling over 4 lanes from the inside to outside lane to overtake a middle lane hogger will add up over time to something significant which adds to CO2 figures.

Its potentially safer for the drivers

Changing lanes is one of the most dangerous things about driving on the motorway. If you aren't changing lane then there is a very small chance of finding a way to crash on a motorway assuming everyone else follows the same philosophy. If the times you have to change lanes to overtake is reduced thanks to the rise of undertaking then the chances of crashing is also reduced.

You might tell me that if you are undertaking and another person is going to change into that lane as well a blind crash could be about to happen but you have got to consider the risks of driving slowly in the inside lane and the risk with 4 consecutive lane changes before a conclusion as to which is worse can be drawn.


Of course the other option is enforcing middle lane hogging fines and educating those who are unaware of how it works but we live in 2021 so what chance do we have of more officers?

Failing the chance of seeing more patrols undertaking is the next best solution. Its cost-effective, saves lives in ambulances, lets you keep an eye on your children so they don't become glue sniffers and it keeps Greta Thunberg happy.

What's not to like?

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Comments (14)

  • I disagree, we should be teaching people to drive properly. In Germany undertaking is banned, but people have lane discipline so it’s not needed

      2 months ago
  • This just seems dangerous

      2 months ago
  • No.

      2 months ago
  • Either allow undertaking or drill student drivers in proper lane discipline. That is unlikely to happen as the British government is notoriously cheap.

      2 months ago
  • In the USA it doesn't really seem to matter. I don't know what the law says about it but considering the police where I live drive 10mph over the speed limit they won't bother to enforce something like that anyway

      2 months ago