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Finding Your Feet on the Motorway: A Survival Guide

Considering that the whole of the UK is connected by endless numbers of motorway, finding your feet on the motorway can be a little daunting that you don’t tackle them in your driving lessons. Motorway driving can be dangerous, but as long as you learn a few basic rules and always stay alert, you really needn’t lose any sleep over it. Book My Theory Test Online are here to take you through the basics with a survival guide to motorway driving to help you get to grips with it.

Motorway Slip Roads

Perhaps the scariest part of motorway driving is the slip road, the lane that leads you onto the motorway itself. It’s important that you assess the road ahead as soon as you can see it, and build your speed to match. If traffic is flowing freely you want to speed up fast to match it, although if there’s a traffic jam then the scenario will be little different to pulling out of any junction. Never impede oncoming traffic, so make sure you pull out plenty in advance of the next oncoming car and continue building your speed after to fall into the line of traffic.

Stay Alert On The Motorway

Once you are onto the motorway, life is a lot easier so long as you stay alert of the flow of traffic ahead of you – sometimes lanes are closed, speed restrictions are put in place, or accidents can be coming up ahead. Most importantly, be wary for anyone changing lanes. If they intend to pull out in front of you, maintain your speed to allow them to fall into your lane smoothly. Braking suddenly can freak other drivers and cause accidents.

Changing Lanes On The Motorway

When it comes to changing lanes yourself, remember the insistence with which your instructor probably told you to use your mirrors and signal. When you intend to change lanes, signal in advance to warn other drivers, check your mirrors and your blind spot to ensure that there isn’t a car right behind you, then quickly shift your speed to match that of your new lane. Always maintain the speed of the flowing traffic, and don’t be holding up the fast lane if you can’t keep up.

The Motorway Hard Shoulder

This lane is for breakdowns only, unless roadworks on the motorway state that you can use it as a lane. If you know that you are about to break down, try to stop near an emergency telephone and make sure your hazards lights are on for safety.

Exiting the Motorway

When leaving the motorway, time your exit plenty in advance and get into the left lane so that you don’t miss it, or cut other drivers up trying to race across at the last minute. Only decrease your speed after leaving the motorway though.

As you can see, motorway driving isn’t quite so complicated after all, and after a few times many drivers find it easier than driving on normal roads! For more advice on motorway driving and rules, visit the Highway Code on our website.