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Motorway Driving Tips – Lanes

I have seen three people today who desperately need a few motorway driving tips.

By Stephen Turvil
Apr 13, 2012
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I have seen three people today who desperately need a few motorway driving tips. In particular, they require help with lane discipline. But why? One bloke jumped around like he was dancing, another sat in the middle all day, and a third cruised in lane three at fifty. Thank goodness Simon Elstow from the Institute of Advanced Motorists has some advice:

- Use all of your mirrors regularly, as well as before making any manoeuvre or lane change.

- Signal early to give other road users time to react – many will be happy to let you out if given warning.

- Change lanes gradually. Don’t expect or force other drivers to move out of your way.

- Don’t compromise your safe following distance when changing lanes. Always look out for other cars aiming to move into the same space as you from another lane.

- Read the overhead gantry signs – they give useful information and can help you decide which lane to use.

- The Highway Code says that the middle lane and right hand lanes are for overtaking only. Driving continuously in the middle lane means other drivers slow down while waiting to overtake, causing congestion. Always move back to the left hand lane when you can.

Mr Elstow said: “Keep an eye on your mirrors and keep a 360 degree awareness of the traffic around you to make changing lanes easier, but always double check before making the manoeuvre.”

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By Stephen Turvil
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