RULES FOR JOINING THE MOTORWAY
When joining a motorway you should:
- Give priority to the traffic already on the motorway before you merge.
- Look ahead at the traffic on the motorway and match their speed before joining.
- Once joined, stay in the left lane until you feel comfortable with the motorway speed.
- Not cross any solid white lines in order to join the motorway.
- Stay within the slip road lane if it continues onto the motorway as a dedicated lane.
- Not use the hard shoulder.
RULES FOR DRIVING ON THE MOTORWAY
When driving on a motorway you should:
- Look well ahead for any approaching hazards, signs or motorway signals and act within good time.
- Keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front and increase the following distance depending on weather conditions.
- Not cross the central reservation.
- Not reverse.
- Not drive against the flow of traffic.
MOTORWAY LANE RULES
When continuing to drive on a motorway you should:
- Remain in the left hand lane when the road is clear ahead.
- If over taking slower vehicles, return to the left hand lane once safely passed.
- It’s illegal to drive on the hard shoulder unless directed to do so by the police or
- By HA traffic officers in uniform or by motorway signs.
When overtaking when it’s safe and legal to do so you should:
- Check the appropriate mirrors, the blind spot and signal to allow other vehicles of your intention.
- Carefully and correctly judge the speed of any approaching vehicles.
- Allow plenty of room from yourself and the vehicle you have overtaken before moving back over to the left when safe to do so.
- Only overtake to the right and never the left.
RULES FOR LEAVING THE MOTORWAY AT THE NEXT EXIT
When leaving the motorway you should:
- Watch for the signs letting you know you are getting near your exit.
- Move into the left-hand lane well before reaching your exit.
- Signal left in good time and reduce your speed on the slip road as necessary.
- Your speed maybe higher than you realise upon exiting 50mph may feel like 30mph.
- Check your speedometer again and adjust your speed once more.
- Some slip-roads and link roads have sharp bends, so reduce your speed.
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