Check what you know
Did you know?
- The speed limit on a motorway is 70 mph (where national speed limit applies). Large vehicles and vehicles towing trailers have a speed limit of 60mph unless other limits are shown.
- If caught speeding on a motorway, a driver could be fined up to £2,500.
- Unless directed to do so by a Police or Traffic Officer, drivers must not reverse along any part of a motorway. If you have missed your exit, or have taken the wrong route, carry on to the next exit.c
- Vehicles with trailers,
- Speed-limited goods vehicles between 3.5 and 7.5 tonnes,
- Any vehicle over 7.5 tonnes,
- Speed-limited vehicles meant to carry more than 8 passengers.
In the event of a fallen item or other obstruction on a motorway, drivers should stop in a place of relative safety and contact the emergency services to report the incident and request help. They must not attempt to retrieve items that fall from a vehicle or attempt to move an obstruction.
Do you know the different features on a motorway?
Red – hard shoulder
Amber – central reservation
White – mid-lane
Green – slip road
In addition to the standard motorway with a hard shoulder, there are three other types of motorways that you may drive on:
- Dynamic hard shoulder: the hard shoulder is temporarily open.
- All lane running: the full width of the road is usable with emergency areas.
- Controlled motorway: with 3 or more lanes, a hard shoulder and variable speed limits.
Hard Shoulder – on some motorways the hard shoulder can be used as an extra lane to help create more capacity on the motorway. Overhead signs will inform drivers when the hard shoulder is available for use and a variable speed limit will be in force to help manage traffic flow.
Driver Information Signs – Highways England use the overhead driver information signs to warn drivers about queuing traffic ahead and any speed limits in force so that they can take preventative action by slowing down.