When it comes to your theory test practice, the motorway driving topic will explore the various topics relateable to motorway driving for learner drivers. From which lane to use and to overtake on, to road signs and markings, to cats eyes. Learner POD has compiled a unique training article to help you with your theory training studies!
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Here is a list of all the topics that make up the theory training syllabus:
- Safety Margins
- Safety & Your Vehicle
- Hazard awareness
- Vulnerable Road Users
- Other types of vehicle
- Road conditions and vehicle handling
- Motorway driving
- Rules of the road
- Road and traffic signs
- Essential documents
- Incidents, accidents and emergencies
- Vehicle loading
- 1 Theory Training – Motorway Driving
- 2 Speed Limits On Motorways
- 3 Types Of Vehicles Allowed on A Motorway
- 4 Use of Lanes On A Motorway
- 5 Stopping & Breakdowns on Motorways
- 6 Theory Test Practice – Motorway Driving – Mock Test 1
- 7 Theory Test Practice – Motorway Driving – Mock Test 2
- 8 Theory Test Practice – Motorway Driving – Mock Test 3
- 9 Useful Resources
Theory Training – Motorway Driving
When it comes to your theory test practice, it is really important to make sure you cover all of the aspects of the exam in your training schedule. Missing one section may result in you failing your theory test. It is important to make sure this does NOT happen to you.
Learner POD has compiled a comprehensive training online theory course and an abundance of free training material which will help with your theory studies. Visit our YouTube channel to access lots of free resources and training videos.
In this section, you will learn about motorway driving. This is quite a comprehensive part of your theory studies. In this section you will be looking at the following:
- Speed limits on motorways
- Types of vehicles allowed on the motorway
- Use of lanes on a motorway
- Stopping & breakdowns on a motorway
Speed Limits On Motorways
Motorways are faster roads than single carriageways and traffic tend to travel at constant speeds for longer periods of time. Motorway accidents account for only 4% of all road traffic accidents in the UK which makes them the safer types of roads.
However, such accidents tend to be more severe and very often end in fatalities. Situations on motorways can tend to change very quickly. For example one moment the roads are clear and the next moment you are in standstill traffic.
When driving on a motorway, it is vital that you keep alert at all times. One small mistake can lead to a traffic accident, that could be fatal. It is also very important to ensure your vehicle is roadworthy prior to joining a motorway. Driving at high speeds for long periods of time increases the chances of your car breaking down whilst on the motorway.
Speed limits on motorways vary dependent upon which vehicle you are driving. Here is a list:
- Cars & Motorcycles: 70 mph
- Cars towing caravans or trailers: 60 mph
- Buses & Coaches (under 12m): 70 mph
- Goods vehicles: 70 mph (60 mph if articulated or towing a trailer)
- Goods vehicles exceeding 7.5 tonnes: 60mph
Types Of Vehicles Allowed on A Motorway
When it comes to driving on the motorway there are restrictions to who is allowed to use motorways. In the UK, the following types of people/vehicles are not allowed to use the motorway:
- Motorcycles under 50cc
- Most powered wheelchairs
- Agricultural vehicles
- Some slow moving vehicles
Use of Lanes On A Motorway
When it comes to lanes on the motorway, all vehicles should use the left-hand lane. This includes lorries, buses, coaches, cars, motorbikes, vans, trailers.
The middle and the right-hand lane are for overtaking vehicles only! Lorries are only permitted to overtake in the middle lane of a 3-lane motorway, but cars and motorcyclists are allowed to use the middle and right-hand lane to overtake slower moving traffic.
Stopping & Breakdowns on Motorways
You should not stop on a motorway. Motorways are designed to keep a constant flow of traffic. Only stop on a motorway when:
- If flashing red lights appear above every lane
- When told to do so by police, HATO or a VOSA personnel.
- In a traffic jam
- In an emergency or breakdown
If you need to stop, have a rest, or look at a map. Leave at the next exit or go to a service area. If you break down on a motorway, you should follow this advice:
- Try and get your vehicle to the hard shoulder
- Use an emergency telephone to call the operator, this will locate your exact whereabouts
- You should get everyone out of the car and wait on the verge clear of the motorway itself.
- Place a warning triangle 45 metres away from your vehicle to warn other traffic.
Theory Test Practice – Motorway Driving – Mock Test 1
Theory Test Practice – Motorway Driving – Mock Test 2
Theory Test Practice – Motorway Driving – Mock Test 3
Please visit the next section – Rules of the Road