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Top tips for motorway driving are;

  • Keep to the left except when overtaking
  • Do not undertake
  • 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 (every two hours at least)
  • Plan your journey and make sure you know which exit you need
  • Make sure your tyres, petrol and windscreen wash are filled
  • Always bear in mind the possible actions of other drivers
  • Make preparations to leave the motorway in good time.
  • There is no such thing as a fast lane, the middle and offside lane are for overtaking only.

For night time driving on the motorway;

  • Use dipped lights if there is oncoming traffic as a full beam will dazzle other drivers
  • The night vision mode on rear view mirror will prevent you from being dazzled (small catch under mirror that tilts it slightly)
  • The cats eyes on the edge of the motorway change colour as follows,
    • red - edge of near side lane
    • amber - edge of outside lane
    • white - the separation of the lanes
    • green - slip road, exit and entry

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