Many new and inexperienced drivers are put off by the daunting prospect of driving on the motorway. However this needn’t be as terrifying as most people think if you follow the basic rules.
Here are Britannia’s Top Tips for Motorway Driving:
– Perform your pre-flight checks. Check your oil, fuel, tyre pressure, brakes, clutch fluid and windscreen washer fluid to ensure that these are fully prepared for your journey.
– Plan your journey. Avoid looking at maps, and don’t rely on your sat-nav. Also ensure that you allow enough time to take a fifteen minute break every two hours to avoid fatigue.
– Remember the 2-second rule. Leave at least 2 seconds of reasonable space between yourself and the car in front, to prevent the possibility of a collision in the event of a sudden stop.
– Make sure you indicate before making any lane change or leaving the motorway.
– Keep an eye on those mirrors – the situation is liable to change much faster on a motorway than a normal road.
– Try to stay clear of larger vehicles such as trucks, coaches, etc., as these present more of a hazard.
– Stay on the left at all times, unless overtaking. After overtaking, return to the left lane as soon as it is safe to do so.
– Should the worst happen and you break down, pull into the hard shoulder as soon as possible, and call for help immediately. Emergency phones are situated along most motorways and will automatically relay your location. While you wait for help to arrive, you should stand clear of the hard shoulder for your own safety.
Following these simple rules will make motorway driving much easier for you. We are sure in no time you will be wondering what all the fuss was about!
Safe driving from Britannia!
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