Highway Code To Be Updated For Motorways
by Becky Harrison |
posted 15 July 2021
GEM Motoring Assist has welcomed the announcement that the Highway Code is to be updated later this year to give road users a better understanding of how motorways operate. GEM chief executive Neil Worth said the additional advice was long overdue. “Traffic management procedures – including use of the hard shoulder for traffic – have been in use since 2006.
GEM is keen for drivers to understand where the risks can be particularly high on motorways:
Time and space
A serious danger is when there is insufficient time and space between vehicles travelling at high speed.
Anyone using a mobile phone or device, re-setting the satnav or attempting to eat and drink at the wheel poses a risk to themselves and those around them.
Poor lane discipline brings risks – for example, driving in the middle lane when the left hand lane is empty, or changing lanes without proper observations or signalling. This also applies around junctions when drivers are leaving or joining the motorway.
Sometimes drivers make last-minute decisions, either deliberately or unintentionally, and end up cutting across lanes of traffic to get off the motorway or into the correct lane if the carriageway is about to split. Busy urban stretches of motorway are particularly risky, as there are often several junctions and intersections across short distances.
There are risks when traffic is light. In these situations there is little or nothing to engage the attention of a driver on a long journey. As a result, alertness can drop and concentration can dip, making it easy to miss a developing hazard.
Neil Worth concluded: “By acknowledging these risks, you are taking a big step toward making a motorway journey safer.”