Q592: Have you got any tips for driving on the motorway?

Top tips for motorway driving are:

  • Keep to the left except when overtaking.
  • Do not undertake.
  • Keep a safe distance behind the car in front; general advice is the 2 second rule. Watch for the car in front to pass a stationary object, then start counting. If you pass it before you have counted to two, you are too close.
  • Keep to speed limits.
  • Use mirrors, but beware of 'blind spots'.
  • Take regular breaks (every two hours at least).
  • Plan your journey; make sure you know which exit you need.
  • Make sure your tyres, petrol and windscreen wash are filled.
  • Always bear in mind the possible actions of other drivers.
  • Make preparations to leave the motorway in good time.
  • There is no such thing as a fast lane, the middle and offside lane are for overtaking only.

For night time driving on the motorway:

  • Use dipped lights if there is oncoming traffic as a full beam will dazzle other drivers.
  • The night vision mode on rear view mirror will prevent you from being dazzled (small catch under mirror that tilts it slightly)
  • The cats eyes on the edge of the motorway change colour as follows:
    • red - edge of near side lane
    • amber - edge of outside lane
    • white - the separation of the lanes
    • green - slip road, exit and entry

For more information, see the links in related information.

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