Forming part of the road networks of England and Wales, the M4 connects London to South Wales. Any roads that run through or by London are typically hectic and brimming with traffic at all times of day. But as a major route, the M4 can be particularly hazardous for experienced and inexperienced drivers alike.
Junctions along the eastern section of the M4 include junctions for Slough, Reading and Newbury, Swindon, and Bristol, as well as a junction joining onto the M5 (Junction 20).
Crossing into Wales via the Severn Bridge, the M4 continues to head west. Junctions along the Welsh section of the motorway include junctions for Bridgend, Swansea, Cardiff and Newport.
The majority of the M4 is regulated by the national 70 miles per hour (mph) speed limit. Sections that make an exception to this rule include:
- Chiswick Flyover, London – 40 mph, both directions
- Junction 4 – Chiswick Flyover – 60 mph, eastbound only
- Toll Plaza approach after Severn Crossing – 50 mph
- Elevated Port Talbot section between junctions 40 and 41 – 50 mph
A fixed speed camera believed to be the cause of tailbacks in the latter section was finally removed in 2006. It was, however, replaced with an apparently less disruptive average speed camera in July 2014.
Preventing accidents on the M4
Adhering to speed limits and, if necessary, adjusting speed to suit weather conditions, including high winds, rain, snow and ice, not only prevents getting speeding fines, it also helps to prevent speed-related motorway accidents.
Distance and overtaking
Keeping safe distances between vehicles and taking care when overtaking, by indicating, checking mirrors and looking over your shoulder before changing lanes in case there is a vehicle in your blind spot, equally assist in the prevention of vehicle collisions.
Fatigue on the M4
Driving along long stretches of motorway can be monotonous and tiring. Drivers beginning to feel fatigued should take advantage of the many often scenic rest stops along the way to prevent causing a road traffic accident by falling asleep at the wheel.
Slip-roads and junctions
In a similar manner, getting into the correct lane in plenty of time when approaching junctions, slip-roads and other exits will serve to avoid potentially serious accidents on the road.
Trouble on the M4
Injuries by road accident can often be avoided by simply driving responsibly. Sometimes, however, even responsible drivers or their passengers can be hurt in accidents on the M4.
If you sustained injuries in a motoring accident caused by another road user, you may be entitled to make a passenger or driver injury claim.
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Date Published: March 2, 2015
Author: Accident Advice