Does motorway driving make you nervous? You are not alone. The UK driving test does not take into account motorway driving, which means there are many drivers tackling this type of driving for the first time with no practice at all.
The top tip to remember when you are about to join a motorway is to match your speed to that of the cars already on it. This will allow you to merge in easily. They should pull out or drop back to create a gap for you if the road is busy. Make sure you indicate your intention to pull out as well (even though it is obvious you are joining it).
Use your mirrors often
With two or more lanes available for traffic to drive on, it is very important to use your mirrors as often as you can. There may well be cars around you on all sides. Before you even set off, make sure your mirrors are properly adjusted and you can see clearly with them.
The main rule when you are actually driving on a motorway is to stay in the far-left lane. Other cars should overtake you if they are going faster. If you need to overtake, indicate your intention, check the lane next to you is clear and then pull out. Once you have passed the car or cars, you can indicate and pull back in. remember you may need to pull out to allow cars merging onto the motorway to come into the left-hand lane.
Stay calm when driving on a motorway
Confidence in motorway driving comes with experience. You will be nervous to begin with, so choose a short trip to try first. Perhaps come on at one junction and off at the next, for example. Make sure you always keep your distance from everyone else and stay alert at all times.
Accidents on motorways tend to be more severe than accidents on other roads, purely because of the speeds involved. Has someone else caused you to have an accident on a motorway? Call Accident Advice Helpline now on 0800 689 0500 to talk to us about what happened. You could be entitled to make a no win, no fee claim to seek compensation for your accident. Our professional injury lawyers have the expertise you need to make such a claim for some compensation.