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    Q592: Have you got any tips for driving on the motorway?

    General driving

    • Keep to the left except when overtaking.
    • Overtake on the right – see question 891 for information on when you can overtake on the left.
    • Keep a safe distance behind the car in front, general advice is the 2 second rule. Watch for the car in front to pass a stationary object, then start counting, if you pass it before you have counted to two, you are too close.
    • Keep to speed limits.
    • Use mirrors but beware of 'blind spots'.
    • Take regular breaks – at least every two hours.
    • Plan your journey and make sure you know which exit you need.
    • Make sure your tyres are correctly inflated, you have sufficient petrol and your windscreen wash is filled.
    • Always bear in mind the possible actions of other drivers.
    • Make preparations to leave the motorway in good time – don't suddenly cut into lanes.
    • There is no such thing as a fast lane, the middle and offside lane are for overtaking only.

    Smart motorways

    For information in relation to driving on a Smart Motorway please see the link below:

    Driving at night

    • Use dipped lights if there is oncoming traffic, as a full beam will dazzle other drivers
    • The night vision mode on your rear view mirror will prevent you from being dazzled – see the small catch under the internal mirror that tilts it slightly.
    • Reflective studs have the following meanings:
      Red – mark the left edge of the road.
      Amber – mark the central reservation of a dual carriageway or motorway.
      White – mark the lanes or the middle of the road.
      Green – mark the edge of the main carriageway at laybys and slip roads.
      Green/yellow – indicate temporary adjustments to lane layouts e.g. at roadworks.

    For more information, see the links in related information.

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