Motorway Driving

March 6, 2011

Motorway Driving

The majority of accidents on motorways can be easily prevented by using good driving practices. Congestion on the motorway can create dangerous situations. All driver’s can do a little something to prevent it:

  • Whilst joining the motorway try to use the slip road to match your speed to vehicles that are already on the motorway. So if the vehicles in the nearside lane are driving at 50mph then you should match that speed in order to merge onto the carriageway without causing any disruption.
  • Drive in the left lane as a habit unless you are overtaking. If there is no one in the lane to the left of you then you should move across. Don’t drive in the middle or right lane any longer than you need to. Staying out longer than you need to can cause other drivers to have to filter around you and can cause disruption to traffic flow. Commonly known as “middle lane cruisers” they can cause frustration to other drivers.
  • Obey the 2 second rule. Pick a fixed marker and as the vehicle in front passes that point start saying “one thousand, two thousand”. If you pass the marker before you finish counting then you’re too close to the vehicle in front. Allow 4 seconds in the wet.
  • If you need to change lanes, e.g. moving from the left lane to the middle lane, check your middle & right mirrors and then quickly glance (so as not to you’re your eyes of the road for too long) over your right shoulder to check the blind spot area. Signal your intention and change lanes gently whilst keep checking you mirrors just in case you haven’t spotted something. That way you give yourself and other drivers a chance to react.
  • Don’t drive next to other vehicles for too long, especially large lorries. The last thing you want to do is stay in their blind spot area for a long period of time.

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