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Driving on the motorway for the first time can be daunting, and a number of drivers avoid it for as long as possible. This can be for a number of reasons, such as the increased driving speed, the monotony, a lack of experience and confidence and the misconception that motorways are more dangerous than other kinds of roads.

Our top tips

To help you overcome your fear, here are Nayland Driving School’s top motorway driving tips:

Prepare your car

To help you prepare for motorway driving, make sure that your car is ready. A lot of people are scared of breaking down on the motorway – so checking things such as tyre pressure and tread depth, engine oil, lights, brake fluid, windscreen wipers and the coolant level will give you peace of mind.

Think about your speed

Adjusting your speed appropriately for slip roads will help you to feel in control without slowing down the traffic around you. Once you have joined the motorway, be sure to follow the two second rule to ensure that you aren’t too close to the car in front of you. Be sure to always use your mirrors to see what’s going on around you.

Drive in the correct lane

Changing lanes and what lane to travel in can both be a worry to a first-time motorway driver – but there’s nothing to be worried about. Always stick to the left-hand lane unless overtaking. If you are overtaking a number of slower vehicles, you can remain in the middle lane to save you switching back and forth – but you must return to the left once you’re done.

Do your research

One thing that you should always do is read up on the signs that you will come across on the motorway. Some of these you may not have seen before, so if you are still learning to drive, be sure to ask your instructor so that you can be as well-versed as possible in motorway driving rules. As a learner driver, you can drive on motorways so long as you are accompanied by a fully qualified instructor.

Take a break

Last but not least – take breaks! Driving on the motorway can be tiring and monotonous, so it’s recommended that you take a break every two hours into a journey. This will keep you feeling alert and comfortable.

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I was taught by Geoff for about 2 months and I went to my test and passed the first time with this company and I would highly recommend Geoff and the company ad he teaches really well, he ensures that you end up being a driver and not a learner and i felt that is a really respectable quality when it comes to a teacher. I could not say any bad experience and was extremely happy

Alen Thomas

For any one wanting to learn to drive but not sure who to go with I definitely recommend Nayland, with his great help I passed first time and in just over three months, the lessons were great I always looked forward to them as Michael is a lovely guy and very down to earth, and up for a laugh 🙂 but he is also very patient for any one who is nervous about driving. 🙂

Harriet Osborn Davies

Thanks a lot to Dave, very calm and professional instructor. Passed after 20h, would definitely recommend.

Mikolaj Witkowski

I passed my test first time, I didn’t need to use any other instructor as Michael gave me all the advice I needed, down to earth, practical and easy to understand. While learning to drive can be stressful, Micheal made it so easy for me. I enjoyed learning and looked forward to the lessons as they were really enjoyable, if you want to learn to drive with someone that will make it enjoyable and practical Micheal is the guy! guy.

Peter Callaghan

Before having Michael as a driving instructor I was with someone else! I was given his number through a recommendation, and his lessons gave me the confidence to pass my test! Michael has great prices and deals, to suit anyone! I have now been driving a year, and I have recommended many people to go with him and they have gone on to pass very fast! 🙂

Amy Cowlin

Massive thanks to Suzanne! Amazing instructor! Helped to boost my confidence and pass my test quickly! Highly recommend!

Tom Clarke