(Highway Code: 253 to 273
Almost half of motorists know friends or family who avoid driving on motorways with more than one in 10 women saying that they themselves avoid driving on motorways due to nerves (AA research).
One quarter of drivers are even nervous when they know that family or friends are making a journey on a motorway.
Part of the problem for some drivers is that they were never taught how to drive on motorways and therefore were always worried about how to join the motorway safely or paranoid about overtaking trucks.
51% of drivers claim not to be prepared to drive on motorways and of those that have had post-test tuition only 3% have undergone any motorway driving tuition.
Help is at hand from Mesh’s Driving School
Taking a motorway lesson with a trained and qualified Approved Driving Instructor (ADI), can greatly improve confidence and awareness of the risks associated with driving alongside faster moving vehicles.
During a motorway lesson with Mesh’s Driving School you can expect to cover the following Rules for motorways from the Highway Code; rules for signals, joining the motorway, driving on the motorway, lane discipline, overtaking, stopping and leaving the motorway (covered in the Highway Code paragraphs 253-273).
Many other Rules apply to motorway driving, either wholly or in part, please refer to the Highway Code for further information.
Traffic on motorways usually travels faster than on other roads, so you have less time to react. It is especially important to use your mirrors earlier and look much further ahead than you would on other roads.
When you can see well ahead and the road conditions are good, you should
- drive at a steady cruising speed which you and your vehicle can handle safely and is within the speed limit (see the Speed limits table)
- keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front and increase the gap on wet or icy roads, or in fog (see Rules 126and 235).
You MUST NOT exceed 70 mph (112 km/h), or the maximum speed limit permitted for your vehicle (see Speed limits table). If a lower speed limit is in force, either permanently or temporarily, at road works for example, you MUST NOT exceed the lower limit. On some motorways, mandatory motorway signals (which display the speed within a red ring) are used to vary the maximum speed limit to improve traffic flow. You MUST NOT exceed this speed limit.
You MUST NOT reverse, cross the central reservation, or drive against the traffic flow. If you have missed your exit, or have taken the wrong route, carry on to the next exit.
Do not overtake unless you are sure it is safe and legal to do so. Overtake only on the right. You should
- check your mirrors
- take time to judge the speeds correctly
- make sure that the lane you will be joining is sufficiently clear ahead and behind
- take a quick sideways glance into the blind spot area to verify the position of a vehicle that may have disappeared from your view in the mirror
- remember that traffic may be coming up behind you very quickly. Check all your mirrors carefully. Look out for motorcyclists. When it is safe to do so, signal in plenty of time, then move out
- ensure you do not cut in on the vehicle you have overtaken
- be especially careful at night and in poor visibility when it is harder to judge speed and distance.
Mesh’s Driving School
Telephone: 07727044684 or 07548896681