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You are travelling on a motorway. Unless signs show a lower speed limit you must NOT exceed _________.

A 70 mph.

The national speed limit for a car or motorcycle on the motorway is 70 mph. Lower speed limits may be in force, for example at roadworks, so look out for the signs. Variable speed limits operate in some areas to control very busy stretches of motorway. The speed limit may change depending on the volume of traffic.

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How to drive safely on a motorway?

On a motorway, the maximum speed limit is 70 mph. Given the high speeds that can be attained on a motorway, it is crucial that you attempt to foresee what will happen far ahead of your car. Because of the speed, you will have less time to respond in an emergency.

Always maintain a safe distance behind the car in front of you, ideally two seconds on a dry day. If you can see brake lights ahead, ease off the accelerator. On a motorway, sudden braking might be risky. It can also cause cars following you to slam on the brakes. As a result, there are tailbacks and even crashes.

Check your mirrors frequently to get a clear picture of what is approaching from behind you.

Avoid getting trapped between a slow-moving vehicle in front of you and a car that is following you from behind. If this occurs, gradually drop your speed to increase the distance between you and the car in front, then pass it when it is safe to do so.

Pay heed to the signs on the motorway. These signals will alert you to any impending hazards or dangers. A signal's message is applicable to all lanes if it is activated on the central reservation. If a signal is active above an individual lane, the message is only applicable to that lane.

Amber flashing lights warn of an impending danger. The sign may also include other warnings as well as a temporary maximum speed limit. You must reduce your speed and obey the instructions whenever you see one of these warning lights until you have passed a signal that is not flashing or that delivers the all-clear signal.

If red lights on the overhead signals flash above your lane and a red ‘X’ is visible, you must not go beyond the signal in that lane. You must not go beyond the signal in any lane when red lights flash on a signal in the central reservation or by the side of the road.

Don't get tired. According to statistics, fatigue contributes to 15-20% of motorway accidents, so plan to take breaks every two to three hours and always find a safe rest area if you start to feel sleepy.



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