hir wrote:I only got 10 out of 10 because, against my better judgement, I was able to answer correctly the bonkers suggestion in the Highway Code that one should use the left-hand lane on a motorway or dual-carriageway "at all times except when overtaking"!
Well... That is what you do...?
Not necessarily, it just depends. we're supposed to be thinking drivers, not automatons.
Picture this, it's on a dual carriageway near me: a two lane NSL dual carriageway; a sweeping left curve ahead; there is no visibility across the curve because of high hedges and trees along the roadside; the curve is gentle enough that it is possible to transit this curve at 70mph and still be able to stop in your lane in the distance seen to be clear; a blue information sign says "P", Parking a quarter of a mile ahead (ie. a layby); there's nothing in lanes 1 and 2 ahead; there's nothing coming up behind in lane 2; you can't see the layby because it's around the bend and out of sight. So...
... do you,
1. Stay in lane 1 through the curve and hope that no one is emerging from the layby when you get there. If you're good at anticipation then your observation of the sign will have enabled you to plan for the possibility that when the layby comes into view there might be a vehicle, possibly an LGV, emerging from the layby. And, if you're doing 70mph, you'll have built into your driving plan the probability that you'll need to brake firmly or move rapidly to lane 2 (that'll be OK because you know there is nothing coming up behind in lane 2), or...
2. Stay in lane 1 and reduce your speed to 50 or 60 mph in order to reduce the firm braking, or mitigate the action of quickly changing lanes, in the event of having to do so, or...
3. Anticipate that there might be an as yet unseen vehicle emerging from the layby. Move to lane 2 to extend your view around the left-hand curve and in doing so move your vehicle to a place of safety away from the anticipated vehicle emerging into lane 1. If there is a vehicle emerging into lane 1 there is nothing further you need to do because you've already done all that is necessary, if there isn't anyone emerging from the layby nothing is lost and you will, at the very least, have extended your vision through the curve.
I'd be interested to read an explanation as to why option 1 or option 2 would be preferable to option 3.
Of course it might be argued that the scenario and resultant actions that I've described in option 3 above is simply an anticipated overtake. One which might, or might not, happen. So, in that sense it's simply following the Highway Code advice anyway. However, the following slightly different situation doesn't anticipate an overtake it simply moves the vehicle to a place of safety.
This time picture a straight piece of dual-carriageway, with all the other conditions the same as for the earlier scenario noted above, but this time instead of a layby, imagine you can see a junction on the left approx. a quarter of a mile ahead into which the view is restricted. At this distance you can see that the junction is empty but you can't see if there is a vehicle approaching the junction from the left. The same three options noted above are available.
I would again suggest the best option would be option 3; move to lane 2 in anticipation.