Since June 2018, learner drivers have been allowed to have Motorway Driving Lessons, which enable them to drive on motorways during their training. They must be accompanied by a qualified Driving Instructor to drive on a motorway. This decision has significantly boosted the confidence and skills of ENCI Driving Instructors' students. The improvement is evident not only in their ability to drive confidently on motorways but also in their overall development of driving skills on regular roads and test routes.
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Our Driving Instructors at ENCI Driving School are committed to providing quality services to all our clients in relation to their Driving Lessons. Our team will choose the correct and accurate learning strategy based on your individual circumstances and status.
Frequently Asked Questons
What is each lane for?
On a motorway, there are three lanes, and it is crucial to understand the rules associated with each lane. It's important to note that there is no designated fast or slow lane. Here's a breakdown of when to use each lane, with a helpful tip: the default lane is the left lane unless you are overtaking.
Lane 1: Also known as the nearside or inside lane, this is the left-hand lane. Lane 1 is meant for normal driving, and you should remain in this lane unless you need to overtake another vehicle.
Lane 2: Referred to as the middle lane, Lane 2 should only be used for overtaking. After overtaking, it is advised to return to Lane 1 as soon as it is safe to do so. You can also temporarily move into Lane 2 to allow vehicles entering from the left to join the motorway.
Lane 3: Known as the off-side or outside lane, Lane 3 is the right-hand lane. It should only be used when there are queues of traffic in Lane 1 and 2, and you need to overtake. After overtaking, you should move back to Lane 2 and then Lane 1 when it is safe to do so.
Reflective studs on the motorway
Motorways are equipped with reflective studs, often referred to as "Cat's Eyes," which serve as guides, especially during nighttime driving. These studs come in different colors, each carrying a specific meaning on the motorway. Here's a breakdown of the different colors of reflective studs and their significance:
Red Reflective Studs: Red studs are located at the division between the hard shoulder and the left lane. They help drivers distinguish the boundary between the left lane and the hard shoulder when driving at night.
Amber Reflective Studs: Amber studs can be found at the central reservation on the motorway. The central reservation is the area between two divided roadways that separate lanes traveling in opposite directions. Amber reflective studs also appear on dual carriageways at the central reservation.
White Reflective Studs: White studs are used for mid-lane division on the motorway. They are placed between lanes to assist drivers in maintaining their lane position.
Green Reflective Studs: Green studs indicate the slip road division on the motorway. They mark the boundary between the main carriageway and slip roads, which are used when vehicles enter or exit the motorway.
Are smart motrways any different?
Smart motorways have been implemented in the UK to address congestion issues on motorways. These motorways utilize cameras and speed signs to monitor traffic flow, and some variants even permit vehicles to use the hard shoulder during certain times.
When driving on a smart motorway, there are a few additional considerations to keep in mind. Firstly, traditional hard shoulders are not present. In case of a breakdown, you should utilize the Emergency Refuge Areas (ERAs) provided at intervals along the motorway.
Furthermore, the markings on smart motorways have specific meanings. A solid white line indicates the presence of a hard shoulder, and you should not drive in this area unless directed to do so by overhead gantries. On the other hand, a broken white line signifies a normal running lane, which you can drive in.
It's important to be aware of these distinctions and understand the unique features and rules associated with smart motorways to ensure a safe and compliant driving experience.
How to join a motorway
Joining the motorway can be intimidating if you're new to it. Follow these steps to make the process smoother:
Utilize the slip road: Use the slip road to gradually increase your speed before entering the motorway. This allows you to merge more seamlessly with the flow of traffic.
Match the speed of traffic: Aim to match the speed of vehicles already on the motorway. This helps you blend in smoothly and reduces the risk of causing disruptions.
Check for a safe gap: Before merging, ensure there is a sufficient gap in the traffic that allows you to enter the motorway safely. Use your judgment and consider the speed and distance of approaching vehicles.
Mirror-Signal-Manoeuvre routine: Apply the Mirror-Signal-Manoeuvre routine before merging into the motorway. Check your mirrors to assess the traffic situation behind you, signal your intention to merge, and execute the maneuver smoothly and confidently.
By following these guidelines, you can approach joining the motorway with more confidence and ensure a safe transition onto the main carriageway.
How to leave a motorway
Properly exiting the motorway is equally important. Here are some essential tips to follow:
Plan your route: Before entering the motorway, have a clear understanding of which junction you need to take for your destination. This helps you stay prepared and avoid missing your exit.
Pay attention to road signs: Keep a vigilant eye on the road signs as you approach your desired exit. These signs will provide information about upcoming junctions and exits, allowing you to anticipate and prepare in advance.
Position yourself correctly: As you approach the junction, make sure you are in the left lane. This lane is typically designated for exiting the motorway.
Motorway countdown signs: Look for the motorway countdown signs that indicate distances, usually at 300, 200, and 100 yards before the exit. These signs serve as a helpful reminder of your proximity to the junction.
Signal in advance: When you reach the first marker for 300 yards, signal your intention to exit by indicating left. This communicates your plans to other drivers on the road.
Use the slip road: Once you reach the exit, smoothly transition onto the slip road. Reduce your speed gradually and follow the slip road to safely exit the motorway.
By following these guidelines, you can ensure a smooth and well-executed exit from the motorway, reaching your intended destination without any complications.
How to overtake on a motorway
When overtaking on the motorway, it's important to follow these steps:
Overtake on the right: Only pass other vehicles on their right side, using either lane two or lane three.
Check mirrors and blind spot: Before changing lanes to overtake, check your mirrors to assess the traffic situation around you. Also, remember to check your blind spot by briefly looking over your shoulder to ensure there are no vehicles in your blind spot.
Indicate right: Clearly indicate your intention to move into the overtaking lane by using your right turn signal. This alerts other drivers of your intended maneuver.
Cancel indicator: Once you have safely changed lanes, remember to cancel your indicator to avoid confusion for other drivers.
Maintain a safe distance: After overtaking, ensure you have built up a safe distance between your vehicle and the one you passed, allowing ample room for both vehicles.
Check mirrors, signal, and move back to the left lane: Before returning to the left lane, check your mirrors to assess the traffic behind you. If it is safe to do so, indicate left and move back into the left lane.
By following these guidelines, you can overtake safely and smoothly on the motorway, minimizing risks and maintaining good traffic flow.
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