Don’t get annoyed with me, but I think I’m a bit of a hog

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Last week saw the first person in the UK fined for lane-hogging on the motorway.

The law has been in place since 2013 and essentially says that all drivers should move to the left hand lane if there is space.

Is lane hogging that bad then, when you’re moving at the speed limit and popping in and out between slower vehicles might cause more aggravation?

I’m glad it wasn’t me that was charged as I sometimes worry about the fine line between sensible decision-making in lanes and outright hogging.

This has been bothering me for some time as – go with me here without getting all hot and bothered under the collar – I think I might be erring on the side of the hog.

It’s true, I hog the biscuits, chocolates and cheese and when I get a chance I have a good old try at hogging the TV remote too.

And, what’s worse, I have been known to sit in the middle lane for perhaps longer than I should.

But here are some of my issues. If I go into the left hand lane while travelling at 70mph and then have to come out again a minute later, how does this make me a better driver, or the motorway better for everyone else?

I’m travelling at the speed limit, I have a small window of opportunity to go into another lane, but while I’m in it all the people who are overtaking me are breaking the law in the middle and the outside lane too.

It also worries me when I have to slot myself in between the lorries who are crammed together on the left.

Once you’re the Ford Galaxy in a juggernaut sandwich, you have to move speedily to get out again or you find yourself stuck without the space or speed to get out into the faster traffic.

Plus, sometimes – if you have a girt big lorry thundering behind you – you can’t see that well either.

Is lane hogging that bad then, when you’re moving at the speed limit and popping in and out between slower vehicles might cause more aggravation?

I understand it’s all about capacity on a motorway. If someone is sitting in the middle, it effectively reduces the space available for more cars.

But it’s not that often I’m on a motorway which is flowing at optimal speed as the capacity is full-up to overflowing as it is.