- The lane nearest the central reservation - officially called the Fast Lane.
This lane is reserved for use by
important people and those in a hurry. "Important people" are those who
can afford expensive cars (Mercedes E200, Lexus, Jaguar etc) - their
time is costly and they can easily afford to pay the fines. "People in
a hurry" are generally easy to spot as they usually drive red cars with
defective headlight switches.
If you don't fit into either of these two categories - or are not prepared to keep above the 90mph minimum speed - expect to find the rightful occupants of this lane VERY close to your boot with their lights on!!!
- The next lane out from the central reservation is usually called the Middle Lane (even when it isn't strictly in the middle).
This is the normal driving lane for
most people - aim to get into this lane as soon as possible and stay
there for the duration of your journey.
- The third (usually left-most lane) is often called the Slow Lane.
This lane is only ever used by big slow lorries, pensioners and the insane, due to the embarrassment.
real problem with the Slow Lane is that most motorway junctions require
you to join via this lane. You should aim to change to the Middle Lane
(or if your status allows , the Fast Lane) as soon as possible. Don't
worry about affecting other drivers during this manouvre - they expect
it of you.
- Motorways sometimes have a Fourth Lane, way over on the left hand side.
This lane doesn't have a name because
pretty well nobody uses it (unless they are leaving at the next exit).
You should ignore this lane entirely.
- The Hard Shoulder or Emergency Lane
lane is reserved for emergencies, such as needing to keep above 40mph
in traffic jams or stopping for a pee between service stations. Note
that it is NOT acceptable to park on the hard shoulder to make or
receive mobile phone calls - just keep driving like everyone else!