Motorway quiz - are you sign savvy?
Motorway Myths Debunked:
1. The ‘Fast Lane’ and ‘Slow Lane’ don’t actually exist, as the left hand lane should be used for normal driving and the other two lanes should only be used for overtaking.
2. When joining a motorway, you should give way to traffic already in lane - many believe drivers on the motorway should give way to those joining, but they actually have the right of way. It’s the joining driver’s responsibility to join the motorway safely.
3. On smart motorways, even when display screens are inactive and completely black, the integrated speed cameras are still active and can capture the number plates of speeding drivers as normal. Speed cameras on smart motorways do not turn off.
4. Speed limits displayed on smart motorways are often thought to be advisory, but this isn’t always the case. If the speed displayed is in a red circle it is a mandatory limit and you will be committing an offence if you exceed the 70mph limit - you’re likely to be captured by speed cameras if you do so. It’s only when the speed displayed is accompanied by orange flashing lights that a limit is advisory.
5. Many people believe that it’s illegal to run out of fuel on the motorway, and that you may receive a fine if this happens - but this is a myth. You should never commit to a long journey if you feel you may run out of fuel, but if you do, you won’t be fined by the authorities.