Top 10 Dangers For New Drivers On Motorways

It can be daunting for any newly qualified, driver when faced with a motorway driving, unlike other roads, there may be dangers you weren't aware of. Motorway Driving Tuition is highly recommended

Top 10 Dangers For New Drivers On Motorways

By The Acclaim Team on 3rd October 2014 in News

Top 10 Dangers For New Drivers On Motorways

It can be daunting for any newly qualified driver when faced with a motorway drive and, unlike other roads, there may be dangers they weren't aware of. Once you have passed your driving test book a 2 Hours Motorway Lesson.

Remember driving safely will reduce the risks of accidents and help to prevent any claims on your insurance.

So, before taking your first journey on the motorway here is a list of the top 10 dangers you may face when driving on a motorway

  1. Tailgating On The Motorway
  2. Driving Whilst Using A Mobile Phone/ Other Device
  3. Driving In The Middle Lane When The Left Lane Is Empty
  4. Changing Lanes Without Proper Observations Or Signalling
  5. Driving On The Hard Shoulder To Avoid Heavy Traffic
  6. Inadequate Observations / Signalling When Entering A Motorway From A Slip-road
  7. Driving Too Slowly On A Motorway 
  8. Speeding On The Motorway
  9. Use Of The Outside Lane By HGVs When There Is No Emergency
  10. Stopping On The Hard Shoulder On A Motorway

1. Tailgating

Driving too close to the vehicle in front of you can be extremely hazardous to both yourself and other drivers, especially if you are forced to slow down or stop quickly due to queuing traffic accidents, or road works. Always try to give yourself plenty of space between your vehicle and the vehicle in front.

2. Driving Whilst Using A Mobile Phone

Driving whilst using a mobile phone is illegal, but many drivers still take this risk and they often do not realise how distracting and dangerous using a mobile phone, or another mobile device can be whilst driving. You should only use a mobile phone once you have found a safe place to stop the car before answering the phone or calling someone. This warning also applies to texting or using social media whilst you are driving the vehicle..

3. Driving In The Middle Lane When The Left Lane Is Empty

This can be extremely hazardous as the middle lane is only really used to overtake slower moving vehicles in the left hand lane. If the left hand lane is empty then you should move into this lane rather than staying in the central lane on a motorway. Many drivers ignore this rule, make certain that you become a good driver and that you observe this rule when driving on motorways.

4. Changing Lanes Without Proper Observations Or Signalling

This is probably one of the biggest causes of accidents on the motorway. You should ALWAYS check your mirrors and have a quick glance through your side-window before moving into another lane. Also always make sure you signal in plenty of time so that other road users know what you intend to do and they can then take adequate precautions if necessary.

5. Driving On The Hard Shoulder To Avoid Heavy Traffic

Driving on the hard shoulder is not permitted unless road signs tell you otherwise. You should use the hard shoulder only if you need to stop in an emergency, or a vehicle breakdown..

NEVER use the hard shoulder to overtake or avoid heavy traffic - this is illegal and dangerous, especially as there could be broken down vehicles etc. on the hard shoulder.

 6. Inadequate Observations or Signalling When You Join A Motorway From A Slip-road

You should always check that it is safe to move onto a motorway before doing so. Whilst many vehicles will move across to the middle lane, or slow-down to allow you access not everyone is so considerate. In addition to this it is very important to let other cars know your intentions so signalling before moving out on to a motorway is a essential

7. Driving Too Slowly On Motorways

This may seem a bit of a silly but you'd be surprised how frustrating it can be driving behind someone driving well below the speed limit. Unfortunately this can cause rash behaviour amongst some drivers and they may take dangerous risks to overtake you as a result. You should try to drive as close to the speed limit on the motorway as possible.

8. Speeding On The Motorway

The speed limit on the motorway is 70mph and many drivers get quite upset when harrassed by someone driving at dangerous speeds between 80 - 100+ mph.

9. Use Of The Outside Lane By HGVs

Legally a HGV (heavy goods vehicle) is not allowed to use the outside lane of a 3 lane motorway as their speed tends to be limited to around 60 miles an hour due to the size of the vehicle. HGV vehicles driven incorrectly on the motorway can cause serious accidents and have resulted in multiple vehicle accidents in the past.

10. Stopping On The Hard Shoulder When There Is No Emergency

Hard shoulders are there for vehicles that are breaking-down, or if there is an emergency and the vehicle needs to stop quickly. They can also be used by emergency vehicles such as highway patrol, police cars and ambulances.

Stopping on the hard shoulder to eat, go to the toilet, use a mobile phone, or check a map is illegal and you should not do it.

If you have not driven on a motorway before Acclaim recommend that you take a motorway driving lesson, driving on motorways requires different skills to driving on roads in our towns and cities.  You need to be able to judge the speeds of other vehicles around you before joining a motorway or over taking etc.

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