Staying safe on the motorway

August 13, 2015 | By | In Buying Guides
Staying safe on the motorway

There are more than 2,000 miles of motorway connecting parts of the UK, with most of us using them regularly either as passengers or drivers. Some of us love them and some of us loathe them but, whichever camp you sit in, it’s important to stay as safe as possible when using a motorway. Here’s a summary from of some simple things to remember and tips to follow to keep you safe on the motorway.

The two-second rule– remember to leave enough space between your car and the car in front. A gap of at least two seconds is required so you have time to act if anything happens in front of you on the road.

Stay alert – it goes without saying that you need to be fully alert to stay safe on the road. The warnings that Tiredness Kills is all too true. Make sure you take regular stops, at least every two hours, and keep well hydrated. 

Lane discipline– stay left unless you’re overtaking. Make sure you’re not hogging the middle or right hand lanes. Not only is this frustrating for other drivers and potentially dangerous, you can now face a fine of up to £100 and three penalty points if you are caught.

Lane and blind spot assist technology– swerving outside of the lane and missing another vehicle in the blind spot when changing lane are two frequent causes of motorway accidents. There are now a number of technologies available on the market to assist drivers with these areas. Lane assist technology corrects a driver’s steering if it picks up that the car is on course to veer outside of the lane. Blind spot assist monitors the area a driver can’t see in their wing mirrors and alerts the driver to anything they may otherwise miss. Check out this video to find out how Mercedes-Benz blind spot monitoring technology works:


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