MOTORWAYS OF THE FUTURE: What you need to know
Variable speed limits, hard shoulder driving and advanced traffic warnings are just some of the new ways that smart motorways are helping reduce traffic jams. However, many of us are unfamiliar with the rules and are falling foul of the new restrictions. ❖ If there is a variable speed limit it will be displayed electronically above lanes or at the side of the road. Keep an eye out: these are mandatory, so don’t ignore them, or you could be slapped with a speeding fine. ❖ You may be able to use the hard shoulder. Check the electronic board overhead: if there is a red ‘X’ showing, then stay out, but if a speed limit is displayed, you can use it. ❖ All smart motorways provide advanced warnings of delays, so that you can choose to take an alternative route, and to help the emergency services get through. Lanes can be closed if there’s an incident – a red ‘X’ indicates a lane is not in use and that you should move out of it as quickly as possible.
Are you wise to the latest motorway signs?