SAFE DRIVING ON THE MOTORWAY
Driving on the motorway can be pretty scary for new drivers. In fact, there are plenty of experienced drivers who would prefer long country lanes to the M25 any day of the week!
However, they are unavoidable, so if the idea of going on the motorway makes you nervous, there are ways in which you can make it a much more pleasant experience.
DRIVE WITH SOMEONE
Many may wonder how exactly having a passenger can help them drive safely on the motorway. Wouldn’t that increase the risk? Well, if you’re inexperienced, it’s a good idea to take someone along with you for reassurance when you first take to the road.
Having said that, avoid taking all your friends in the car for your first motorway drive. This will only distract you and raise the risk of an accident so make sure it’s a responsible adult with some A-Class-Driving-School-Safe-Driving-On-the-Motorway-Thumbnail.jpgdriving experience.
MAKE THE MOST OF MIRRORS
If mirrors are important on regular roads, they’re doubly so on the motorway. Always make sure yours are clean before you set out and always use them when changing lanes. Don’t forget to also check your blind spots! Driving at top speeds, you can never be too careful.
Overtaking on the motorway should always be done correctly, i.e.: in the right lane at the right speed. As a general rule of thumb, always stick to the left lane unless you’re overtaking slow-moving traffic. Once you’ve overtaken, return to that lane.
When doing so, watch out for big lorries as their blind spots are larger than yours and they can easily miss you. Employ the ‘mirror, signal, manoeuvre’ action at all times.
STICK TO THE SPEED LIMIT
It may be tempting to go full throttle on the motorway, but doing so is very dangerous and can lead to some very serious consequences, even on an empty road. Every motorway in Britain has a speed limit of 70mph. There will be exceptions to going over and under this, but generally, stick to the limit as it’s in place for a reason.
Long motorway journeys take a lot of energy and can make you pretty tired. Avoid risky driving by taking regular breaks at service stations. Stay somewhere for the night if you have to! Tiredness causes slower response times and can lead to serious accidents.
At the very least, take a fifteen-minute break every two hours. Any longer than that and you’re risking fatigue. This is especially true when driving at night.
If you feel as though you’d like more experience on the motorway, apply for our Pass Plus course today!