Once you have passed your driving test, at some point you will be able to venture out on to the extensive motorway network we have throughout the UK. Driving on them is easy if you drive safely, be alert to other drivers and their intentions, and do not join the endless hoard of drivers who sit in the middle lane for most of their journey!
Motorways were designed to make driving long distances easier, as you can bypass cities and towns, and have a mainly straight route to your destination, before leaving to drive on the major roads. The majority in this country have three lanes, and the inside lane is for you to drive in, then the middle or central lane and the outside lane are for overtaking purposes.
Many motorways are used by haulage companies, and businesses for transporting goods quicker, so unfortunately you will see a lot of lorries in the inside lane. Many lorries have speed limiters fitted, to prevent them from going over 60mph, so they tend to stay in the inside lane for long distances. Coaches also use the motorways for speed of getting customers from A to B, and they too use the inside lane, so it can get quite congested!
You will at some point, need to pull out and overtake, but this is where the middle lane hoggers come into force! You should, by law, pull out safely, overtake, then as soon as it is safe to do so, pull back in to the inside lane again. Not all drivers have grasped this yet! Many pull out into the middle lane, and because they see a stream of traffic in the inside lane, or do not like being sandwiched between two lorries, stay in the middle lane for the duration of their journey!
This is illegal to do, and the fine for this offence, if caught and proved, has been recently increased to £100 and 3 points on your licence. Make sure you do not fall in to this bad habit that other drivers have. Be a safe and responsible motorway driver, considerate of other drivers, and if you need reassurance or extra tuition, we have our Advanced Driving Courses that will give you the chance to have motorway driving lessons in preparation for your Pass Plus Test. Our call centre team will answer any questions you may have on 03333 01 3333, just give them a call!