Necessity is the mother of invention. So the fact that a dashboard heads-up warning has been invented to let drivers know that their car's veering out of lane suggests that a degree of lane discipline is required on the part of the motoring majority.
Luckily, Simon Elstow of IAM Drive & Survive is here with six top tips on staying in lane and staying in control:
1. Use all of your mirrors regularly, as well as before making any manoeuvre or lane change.
2. Signal early to give other road users time to react – many will be happy to let you out if given warning.
3. Change lanes gradually. Don’t expect or force other drivers to move out of your way.
4. Don’t compromise your safe following distance when changing lanes. Always look out for other cars aiming to move into the same space as you from another lane.
5. Read the overhead gantry signs – they give useful information and can help you decide which lane to use.
6. The Highway Code says that the middle lane and right hand lanes are for overtaking only. Driving continuously in the middle lane means other drivers slow down while waiting to overtake, causing congestion. Always move back to the left hand lane when you can.
Simon says: “Keep an eye on your mirrors and keep a 360 degree awareness of the traffic around you to make changing lanes easier, but always double check before making the manoeuvre.”
And I quite honestly didn't know that about the middle lane. Did you?
Just goes to show, doesn't it?