The idea of driving on the motorway should not give you jitters and make you go into panic mode. By the time you get to drive on the motorway, you will already be an experienced driver and this new experience will come to you as naturally as taking your next hot cup of coffee. You will find driving on motorways interesting as all vehicles are headed in the same direction, speeds are high and you won't find pedestrians, agricultural vehicles, sharp bends, right turns or even roundabouts. They are pretty safe to use but a few tips will go a long way in putting you in the know and helping you ensure that you don't put other road users, including yourself, in harm's way. For further training why not consider exploring driving schools Glasgow.
There are specific procedures you must follow when joining the motorway and this include firstly, indicating your intention and giving priority to those already on the motorway. You can neither force your way into the traffic nor drive on the hard shoulder. The motorway can have two lanes or three lanes. Fast rules here are that you keep left while driving normally except when overtaking then you can use the right lane but return to the left once done overtaking. On a three lane motorway, you might need to stay in the middle lane to finish overtaking several vehicles before moving back to the first lane and only use the third lane if the middle one is fully occupied.
Carefully change lanes and only overtake when it is safe both for you and other road users. Your intention to do so must be clearly visible, indicating in good time and keep checking the blind area. In addition to this, make it easy for other vehicles to join the motorway also by adjusting your speed and leaving the left lane to enable them join seamlessly. Watch out for signs overhead to signal change of direction so that you act appropriately say, change lanes and so on.
Remember that you cannot endlessly use the motorway. Watch out for junctions, countdown markers and the exit slip roads. Note that you must be in the correct lane, the left, for you to exit the motorway and if you miss your exit, drive on and look for the next since you cannot reverse on a motorway in order to return to the slip road you missed earlier. You can only stop on the motorway if signs or indicators tell you so, if stopped by police, in case of an emergency or when avoiding an accident. In this case, your hazard lights must warn those behind you about the situation.
As a precautionary measure, always drive safely within acceptable speed limits, keep your distance from other vehicles, regularly check your mirrors, be keen with motorway signals, and learn how to interpret flashing amber or red lights. Whenever possible, stop to replenish your strength before going on with your journey. Fatigue is not compatible with driving. Lastly, refresh your memory about reflective studs and remember hard shoulders can only be used in case of an emergency, otherwise, stay on the normal lanes reserved for driving.
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