Top tips for motorway driving as new fines come into force
DRIVING instructor Tony Wood has given his top tips on motorway driving as new powers come into force for police to give on the spot fines for drivers caught tailgating or hogging the middle lane.
Drivers who tailgate and hog lanes could face on-the-spot fines of £100 and three licence points from today.
“Penalty notices are a good idea, but it will be difficult for the police to enforce,” said Tony, who runs Tuffley School of Motoring.
“The fine for using a mobile phone at the wheel went up to £100, but I counted 37 people on their phones whilst driving in just three hours on the M4 and M5 during a lesson.
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“Bigger fines is not stopping people and it will be the same with tailgating or overusing the middle lane.
“I spotted one police traffic vehicle in seven hours on the motorway one day this week. There are not enough police to enforce it.
“Undertaking is also a serious problem, and also carries a £60 fine and three penalty points.
“Lorries are limited to 56mph so they can take a long time in the middle lane if they are overtaking.
“It is a good idea, but I’m not sure if anything will change.
“It is up to drivers to take responsibility for themselves.”
Tony’s top tips for motorway driving:
Check your braking distances.
At 70mph, cars need four to six times as long to stop in the wet, and 10 times as long on icy roads.
Be aware of what is around you. Check in front, behind and at either side when overtaking.
Look out for anything unusual or changes to driving conditions. Check for other cars with brake light or hazard lights on.
Look over your left shoulder to check your blind spot when overtaking.
Stick to motorway speed limits, they are there for a reason - to keep people safe.
New drivers should have a motorway lesson with a qualified instructor, not just with mum or dad.
For more details about Tony’s Tuffley School of Motoring, visit www.gloucester-driving-school.co.uk or call 07886 500343.