% of AA Members said they used motorways every day of the week or every week day
To many people there is nothing unusual about motorways – they use them every day. Others use motorways only very rarely or not at all.
In an AA-Populus poll* (March 2013) 10% of AA Members said they used motorways every day of the week or every week day. At the other end of the spectrum, 37% said that they only use motorways for a few trips every year and 2% said that they never use motorways.
You may approach motorway driving with some apprehension or know your local motorways very well but be unfamilair with some of the innovations introduced on motorways elsewhere.
Driver location sign
If you need to report an incident, debris or a breakdown, it's important that you can describe accurately where you are. Driver location signs across the motorways and A–roads network let you know, and describe, exactly where you are when an incident happens.
Motorway hard shoulders are for emergency use only. You should only stop if it is a real emergency and you have no other choice. It's best to try to drive to a safer place off the motorway if you can rather than stopping on the hard shoulder.
Safety advice from AA Driving School
At the beginning of June 2013 the Government announced new penalties to tackle tailgating and middle lane hogs under a new careless driving fixed penalty offence. This is expected to come into force in mid-August 2013.
This is what the Highway Code says specifically about following distance and lane discipline on motorways:
The AA supported the Active Traffic Management scheme on the M42 as it gained drivers' support, eased congestion, improved journey reliability and made driving more comfortable.
The Highways Agency agrees with local authorities the most suitable diversion routes for incidents on major roads in advance and these are being signed using black symbols on a yellow background.
Emergency diversion signs
The risks of driving alone can be exaggerated – be sensible about your safety but don't be afraid to drive on your own.
Whatever the weather throws at you – fog, severe winds, floods, summer heat or winter snow – and whatever the time of year, we've got advice to help keep your driving safe and trouble free.
Preston bypass 1958
In 1946 the first map was published showing a projected English motorway system in a form that can be compared to today's reality. The M1, M4, M5, M6, M62 and M18 are all there, along with a circle that would eventually represent the M25.
In February 2010, the AA Charitable Trust for Road Safety and the Environment launched 'Drive confident', aimed at qualified drivers in need of refresher driver training to increase confidence on the road.
If you've passed your test but are unsure about driving on motorways, you can refresh your skills and increase your confidence with motorway lessons from the AA Driving School.
(2 August 2013)
* Source: Populus interviewed 21,874 adults aged 18+ on The AA-Populus online panel between 15-26 March 2013.