Motorway Driving Tips

Motorway driving can be the most daunting experience for new drivers, so think about our top tips, and consider taking a Pass Plus course to get your motorway driving techniques on track.

Safe Driving on Motorways 

  • Always observe motorway speed limits.
  • Leave a safe gap between you and the next vehicle
  • Use your indicator well in advance before overtaking or changing lanes.
  • Don't steer suddenly or you may lose control of your vehicle.
  • Take regular breaks. Don't drive while tired.


Before you hit the road

  • Check your oil, brake and clutch fluid, tyre pressure and windscreen washer fluid
  • Allow yourself enough time so that you can take a 15-minute break every two hours
  • Know which junctions you need - never look at a map while driving
  • Pack luggage securely so it won't move around if you need to brake hard
  • Plan your journey to try to avoid travelling between midnight and 6am
  • Pack a blanket or coat in your car - just in case - along with a pair of walking shoes

While driving

  • Follow the two-second rule - give yourself enough time and space to react
  • Adjust for the conditions; slow down and follow the four-second rule if the road is slippery or visibility is poor
  • Control your speed
  • Indicate every time you change lanes
  • Keep left unless overtaking. After overtaking return to the left-hand lane - don't forget to indicate, and check your blind spot
  • Check your mirrors often - your situation will change quickly on the motorway
  • Take extra care around trucks and other large vehicles - they tend to have bigger blind spots and slower reaction times
  • Anticipate what's coming next by sweeping the road ahead visually. Look 2 seconds ahead, 4 seconds ahead, and 12 seconds ahead, and check your mirrors

If you break down on the motorway

  • Move as far over onto the hard shoulder as you can and switch on your hazard lights
  • Call for help from the emergency phone, which will automatically provide your location details
  • Give as much location detail as possible if you need to call from your mobile
  • Stand on the verge, behind the safety barrier or as far as practical from the passing vehicles