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04/01/13 – Motorway driving tips

According to the Department for Transport – 20.3% of motorised traffic was on motorways in 2011. That is remarkable considering the network accounts for only 0.9% of the UK’s 245,000 miles of road.

Furthermore, it seems that motorway drivers frequently take liberties with the speed limit. As such, 49% of car traffic was speeding in 2011 with 13% at 80mph or above however it wasn’t just cars, with 49% of motorcycles and light goods vehicles speed driving at over 70mph.
Institute of Advanced Motorists’ easy to follow tips:

– Many stretches of motorway are not lit during hours of darkness. To improve your view as far as possible keep your lights, mirrors and windscreen clean. Make sure you can stop safely within the distance you can see to be clear.

– Watch for brake lights and other warning lights, such as indicators or flashing lights on lorry’s indicating large/abnormal loads ahead to foresee any changes in traffic speed or queues which you may be joining.

– Driving in the dark can cause fatigue. Plan your journey, scheduling at least one stop every two hours.

– Don’t ignore warning signs of fatigue. In extreme cases, have a caffeine drink and sleep for 20 minutes while it takes effect. However it won’t have the same effect if you do it more than once.

– Where possible try and share the driving. Make sure each driver has the correct license and is fully insured on the vehicle if you do intend to share the driving.

– If you break down, pull over on to the hard shoulder as safely as possible and stop as far to the left as you can, pointing your wheels in towards the kerb.

– When stopped on the hard shoulder, leave your vehicle and get as far away from the road as possible, behind the crash barrier, and up the bank if there is one.”

– Also remember when driving on the motorway to drive in the correct lane, which will help prevent traffic build up and possibly accidents.