Once you’re comfortable operating a vehicle at lower speeds and know how to drive on regular roads, you can start practicing highway driving. Though it may seem intimidating at first, if you break it down into individual parts it isn’t so bad.
The main parts of highway driving are getting on and off, changing lanes and passing, and following some guidelines to stay safe. As long as you do all of these things correctly, you’ll be able to get places faster by driving on the highway!
Driving in the correct position on the road is important for safety and helps traffic flow freely.
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Make sure you don’t
drive too close to the kerb, especially where there are pedestrians weave in and out between parked cars.
You mustn’t drive
on the pavement
on the hard shoulder of a motorway
on a cycle or bus lane when it’s in operation.
Keep scanning the road ahead of you to see when you might need to change your position in the road, such as when there are roadworks or cars parked at the side of the road. Make sure you move in good time so road users behind you can see what you’re doing and that they may need to change their position too.
If you’re joining a road from a junction, you’ll need to judge the speed and distance of any traffic on the road.
You may not be able to see much of the road until you actually get to the junction. You’ll then need to look carefully, remembering that your view might be blocked by buildings, hedges, bends, other vehicles or the weather.
Only emerge when you can safely join the road: you may need to wait some time for a suitable gap.
If you’re crossing the path of approaching traffic to turn right into a major road, you’ll need to wait for a gap in both the oncoming traffic and the traffic you’re joining.
When you’ve emerged,
check behind for the speed and position of other traffic
accelerate so your speed is correct for the road and conditions
keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front
make sure that your indicator is cancelled.