The first UK motorway to open was the M6 Preston Bypass, opened on 5 December 1958.
Traffic on motorways usually travels faster than on other roads, so you have less time to react. It is especially important to use your mirrors earlier and look much further ahead than you would on other roads.
Driver training does not cover motorways as learner drivers are not allowed to drive on UK motorways, yet a 17 year old driver can be on the motorway unsupervised within an hour of passing a driving test.
If you want to use a motorway you need to know how to drive safely while on it, due to the large amount of traffic that use the motorway network everyday including heavy goods vehicles that can appear frightening by there size and the effect they can have on your car as they pass you.
The modules that will be covered include:
route planning, Joining the motorway, Slip Roads, Leaving the motorway, signs, adjusting speeds, using the services, Tiredness,motorway traffic signs, cats eyes. Car safety, Including fuel, maintenance, Tyre pressures, Motorway rules, Driving on the left, HGVs, coaches, safe distances.lane discipline,Overtaking, Making progress and safe use of speed, Forward planning when driving anticipation and dealing with other road users, breakdown advice and extreme weather advice.
The following rules from the Highway code apply specifically to motorways
Many other Rules apply to motorway driving, either wholly or in part: Rules 46, 57, 83-126, 130-134, 139, 144, 146-151, 160, 161, 219, 221-222, 225, 226-237, 274-278, 280, and 281-290.
The motorway course consists of three hours tuition mostly hands on driving and experiencial learning
Motorway lessons are 3 Hrs ... £72
Driving on motorways means heavier traffic and higher speeds. Below, is some advice to help ensure a safe journey:
- Check your vehicle is roadworthy before you start.
- Plan your journey, consult a map before you go.
- Keep left except when overtaking.
- If you are overtaking a number of slower vehicles, it may be safer to stay in the middle or outer lane rather than continually switching lanes.
- Keep your distance and watch you speed.
- Only use the hard shoulder in an emergency - if you need to stop for any other reason - to read a map or use your mobile phone, for instance - pull into a service station.
- Take special care at roadworks: slow down and get into the correct lane in good time; Concentrate on the road ahead, not the roadworks; keep to the speed limit and keep a safe distance in case there are queues in front.