Vehicle Condition

Driving on the motorway generally means driving at a higher speed than usual for a longer period of time. With this in mind it is important to make sure the vehicle you are driving is in good condition.


When on long journeys it is important to check the condition of your tyres when you leave, are en-route and when you stop for a break. Tyres should be checked for:

Sudden wear
Exposed Thread
Debris lodged in between tyres

Tread Depth

On trucks (vehicles exceeding 3.5 tonnes g.v.w), current tread depth legislation requires that they must have a minimum of 1mm of tread in a continuous band throughout the central three-quarters of the tread width and over the whole circumference of the tyre.

Lane Discipline

You should always drive in the left-hand lane when the road ahead is clear. If you are overtaking a number of slower-moving vehicles, you should return to the left-hand lane as soon as you are safely past.

Slow-moving or speed-restricted vehicles should always remain in the left-hand lane of the carriageway unless overtaking. You MUST NOT drive on the hard shoulder except in an emergency or if directed to do so by the police, traffic officers in uniform or by signs.

Spray Suppression Equipment

It's vital that this equipment is working particularly on motorways. In wet weather the visibility of overtaking cars will be greatly reduced if your spray suppression equipment is not functioning correctly.

SpraySuppression. Means a system intended to reduce the amount of water thrown upwards by the tyres of a vehicle in motion. Spraysuppression is variously made up of a mudguard, rain flaps and valances equipped with a spraysuppression device on a vehicle’s trailer

Click on the areas missing reflective studs

Motorway Driving