‘Why Are You A Middle Lane Moron?’ Graffiti Appears Over M6 Motorway
Some graffiti directed at ‘middle lane morons’ has been scrawled across several bridges on the M6 motorway.
For anyone who is not a frequent driver on the country’s motorways, then a ‘middle lane moron’ is somebody who, for whatever reason, decides to drive in the middle lane (which is an overtaking lane) even when lane 1 is clear.
A passenger spotted the ‘artistic message’ while travelling north between Preston and Lancaster last week.
Ironically, the person taking the photo appears to be in a car that IS travelling in the middle lane despite there being no cars immediately ahead of them in lane 1.
The message appears not to be working then.
Other messages written on bridges up-and-down the M6 read: “Keep left unless overtaking” and “Why are you in the middle lane moron?”.
Twitter user @QuarkMcMalus shared the images on his twitter handle, pointing out that the font used was “very middle-aged”.
For anyone interested, Rule 264 of the Highway Code states that:
“You should always drive in the left-hand lane when the road ahead is clear.
“If you are overtaking a number of slow-moving vehicles, you should return to the left-hand lane as soon as you are safely past.”
But if you regularly drive on our motorways, then you will know just how annoying it is when you are driving (at 70mph obviously) in lane one, only to come up against a ‘moron’ who is sat in lane 2 driving at 60mph.
As you are not allowed to undertake other vehicles, you then have to slow down, move behind the ‘moron’ and then overtake them by using lane number 3, only to then have to move back into lane 1 again.
Or if you are feeling really ‘brave’ you just undertake them but risk being blindsided by the ‘moron’ should they suddenly realise the error of their ways!
The messages might end up being an ongoing reminder for motorists for decades to come because this sort of graffiti tends to stay in situ for some time.
On one bridge spanning over the M25 London orbital, someone has written something about ‘peas’, and that bit of graffiti seems to have been there for at least 20 years!
Maybe this is the Highways Agency utilising a cheap way of getting road safety messages across? Although to be fair, I doubt it!
What do you think?
Let us know in the comments below and if you have seen the ‘pea’ message on the M25 then feel free to let us know exactly what it says because, thankfully, none of our team has been on the M25 in quite some time!