Motorway driving tips
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Motorway Driving Tips

Motorways have a far better accident record than any other part of our national road system. But every year we see crashes on the motorway that could have been prevented.

By sticking to a few simple motorway rules all drivers can ensure that they don't contribute to behaviour which could be termed 'motorway madness'.

  • Make sure that your car is well maintained, has sufficient fuel and oil, has correct tyre pressures and tyres are in good condition (including spare).
  • Observe the speed limit.
  • Remember that concentration and frequent use of mirrors are doubly important on motorways because of higher traffic volumes.
  • Take extra care when approaching intersections where traffic is joining the motorway.
  • Obey motorway signals. These warn of dangers ahead, for example an accident, broken down vehicle, poor weather conditions, flooding, slippery road surface etc.
  • Be prepared to anticipate the unexpected actions of other drivers.
  • Keep your distance. On a dry road and in good weather conditions leave at least a two second gap between your vehicle and the one in front.
  • On wet, slippery roads, or in poor visibility leave at least a four second gap. Switch on dipped headlights when visibility is reduced.
  • Use your mirrors and observe lane discipline. Always use the left hand lane where possible. Remember lanes two and three are not the 'middle lane' or 'fast lane', these are overtaking lanes and should be used as such. Always indicate when changing lanes.
  • Overtake or pass only on the right unless traffic is moving in queues and the queue on your right is moving more slowly than you are. Never move into a lane on your left to overtake and never use the hard shoulder to overtake.
  • Take special care when joining a motorway. You must give way to motorway traffic. Beware of the 'blindspot' factor.
  • Take care in foggy conditions. Slow down. Use your lights. Keep a sensible distance. In very bad fog open your window slightly and turn off the radio so that you can hear other vehicles.
  • Take regular breaks at service areas, but never on the hard shoulder - if you feel sleepy, get off the motorway at the first opportunity.
  • Take particular care at roadworks and when approaching them. Reduce your speed and obey warning signs.