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Why are the French driving in the middle lane?

This is one of the most hated habits of the French: here is why motorists never fall back to the right.

After football and tennis, squat the middle line is one of the most popular sports in France. Indeed, whether it is on the road of the holidays or during the daily journeys, more than a third of the French would never fall back on the right lane on motorway.

A recent survey published by the HuffPost tells us more about this bad habit, which has the consequence of annoying other road users, or even worse, pushing them to fault by forcing them to overtake on the right.

Driving in the middle lane: a practice prohibited by the highway code

Readers of the famous website report various reasons that motivate them to ride on the middle lane : some see a practical aspect, literally allowing them to be able to drive at the speed they want and where they want, while others hold up the safety card, to avoid anticipating the presence of other users and to perform dangerous slaloms between the lanes.

There are even some who dare to invoke the argument of ecology to justify their fault: apparently, running the regulator on the central file would help to limit their consumption, and therefore their polluting emissions. Finally, one of the readers of HuffPost

admits thatit is simply laziness.

You will understand, to each his own good reason to continue to exercise this bad habit… Which is, let us remember, prohibited by the highway code. And yet, the sanctions are far too little dissuasive : driving on the middle lane is punishable by a fine of 35 euros (reduced to 22 €), while overtaking on the right may result in a withdrawal of three points and a fine of 135 euros.

According to Sanef, 37% of French motorists excessively use the central lane of the motorway: behavior even more flagrant at night, where more than half of them indulge in this exercise as dangerous as it is painful for other users. .

Source: The HuffPost

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