An introduction to driving on the motorway for new drivers
In order to drive on a UK motorway, you should hold a full driving licence for the specific class of vehicle you are driving. It’s extremely important that you know all the rules and have a full understanding of the road and traffic signs associated with the motorway system.
Driving on the motorway can be daunting for some people, especially if it’s your first time after you’ve just passed your driving test. To make life a little easier for you, we have written a range of detailed guides that should ease the stress of driving on the motorway.
It is especially important that you are fit to drive on the motorway. You must never drive if you are tired or ill, and there are many medicines and drugs that might make you sleepy, so read the instructions on the packet or speak to your pharmacist or doctor before driving.
There are many restrictions on the motorway, like no parking. So if you need to rest, you can pull up onto a service area, where you will no doubt find various facilities, such as, restaurants, toilets, supplies, fuel, and sometimes hotels.
Note: It is an offence to park on the hard shoulder or an exit or slip road, unless it is an emergency. Do not pull over to the hard shoulder for a ‘nap’. It won’t go unnoticed by the police who have cameras all along the motorways, and they will pay you a visit.
Long journeys can be monotonous and the situation can lead to you feeling sleepy. To prevent feeling drowsy, keep your car well ventilated, open a window, switch-on the air conditioning. Then find a service area and pull over; buy a coffee, wash you face, walk around a little, or simple take a short nap.
REMEMBER: On long journeys, make regular stops, especially at night.