Coming up behind me, still quite some distance away, but clearly travelling fast, I could see the headlamps of a vehicle gaining rapidly in my rear-view mirror, hogging the outside lane of an empty (apart from me) four-lane section of motorway. As the fast-moving vehicle flew past, with me driving in the inside lane, and it in the far outside lane with still no other traffic on the road, I was disappointed – but not totally surprised – to see the car passing at high-speed was UK-registered, proudly wearing its GB sticker, and remaining in the outside lane, despite there being nothing else on the road at all.
Having already driven around 350 miles that day, this GB-plated Mercedes E-Class was the only vehicle I had seen all day with such lousy lane discipline, and very embarrassingly, it was being driven by a Brit! For nine days and nearly-2,800 miles, driving around France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland and Germany, our Continental cousins all displayed near-faultless motorway lane discipline and driving etiquette, indicating and returning to the correct lane as soon as they had passed another vehicle.
However, within 10 minutes and about five miles of returning to UK roads, joining the busy M20 motorway directly from the Euro Tunnel exit, I was already having to drive around countless cars and vans, all hogging the middle lane. Aargh!