Driving theory test questions
We're up to date! Our site includes all DVSA revision question changes made August 2015! What changed?
Username:

Password:
Join our 14,825 members now!
Register  Free Practice Test  Login  Free Tests  My Questions  Hazards  Categories  My Tests 

The lane discipline of a motorway

Driving on a motorway is not something you will be able to do until you pass your test, and therefore it is important to understand as much about motorway driving as you can before your first motorway journey.

You will need to know particularly what the different lanes are for. Most motorway stretches will have three lanes, and a hard shoulder. Here is what they are each for:

The hard shoulder is there for emergency use only, and you should never use it for anything like overtaking! Occasionally if other lanes of the motorway are closed the hard shoulder will be used as a temporary lane, but in virtually all road conditions you should never use the hard shoulder.

The left hand lane is the one that you should be in most of the time. Although many people appear to hog the middle lane, it is the left hand one you should drive in most of the time.

The middle lane is used for overtaking traffic in the left hand lane; if there are several slower moving vehicles in a row you can stay in this lane to stop having to dart in and out, but once you pass those vehicles then you should move back into the left hand lane.

The outer most right hand lane is there for overtaking traffic that's in the middle lane. There are several road vehicles that are not allowed in this lane. These include large goods vehicles, and those that are towing a trailer, and also vehicles with weight above 7.5 tonnes.

So in summary, drive in the left hand lane apart from for overtaking, and once you've overtaken then move back into the left hand lane unless there are a stream of slower moving cars you need to pass in which case you should move back in to the left lane once you've passed them. Never undertake or use the hard shoulder, which is only there for emergencies.

JOIN NOW and gain access to ALL the official Theory Test multiple choice Revision Questions for car drivers

Practice Theory Test Question

Do you know the answer to this randomly chosen driving theory test revision question?

You are going through a congested tunnel and have to stop. What should you do? A) pull up very close to the vehicle in front to save space B) ignore any message signs as they are never up to date C) keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front D) make a U-turn and find another route

You can check your answer and practice all official revision questions

Related Articles...

driving theory test
What to do with keep clear markings
Keep clear markings are quite straightforward to understand, although amazingly some people either ignore them or do not appear to understand what they mean! You will often seen keep clear...

Regulations relating to stopping
When you are driving you may not necessarily think much about stopping and simply stop automatically when a light is on red. But infact knowing when you should stop on the road is very important...

DSA Driving Theory Test
Do not view the DSA Driving Theory Test as something of an inconvenience. Instead view it as a way to develop useful knowledge that could save your life or that of someone else. If that seems like...

How to deal with bus lanes
If you see a bus lane then you will see a range of different attitudes from drivers. Mainly there will be frustration that they are stuck in a huge queue and there is a perfectly good lane that is...

What details to get at an accident
When you swap details with a driver, here are the things that you should be sure to obtain from the other driver: You need to of course get their name, their address and a contact telephone...

Risk factors when driving: snow and ice
When the snow is falling, there is one big problem - it is hard to see far infront. So like fog, reduced visibility is the problem with snow. And when there is heavy snowfall it can be very hard...

Your engine temperature gauge
These days many of us get into a car without really understanding how any of it works, and even the engine and how it operates and powers the car is a mystery to many. Well, essentially it...

How hazard perception scoring works
For each hazard there is a possible score of zero to five that is available. With a total of 15 hazards to find that makes a total possible score of 75 being available on the hazard test. The...

The day of the theory test
On the day of the theory test you may well feel nervous. As with any test or examination of any kind this is of course natural as everybody is anxious to do their best and to pass the...

Vulnerable road users - pedestrians
Pedestrians whether old or young are all potentially vulnerable. Any impact at all on a pedestrian is potentially fatal, and that goes for a pedestrian of any age. Of course within the class...


Bookmark with:

FacebookFacebook    TwitterTwitter    Google BuzzGoogle Buzz    StumbleStumbleUpon    Delicious    RedditReddit