Mistakes drivers make that leave them 'stressed out' on motorways - and what to do

A driving expert has issued advice on how to avoid habits that stress motorists out on long journeys. Many people will be taking to the motorway for a summer jaunt soon, and ATS Euromaster has given tips to dodge the sweaty stress symptoms behind the wheel on long-haul journeys.

Technical Support Engineer at ATS Euromaster, Simon Wayne, expressed concerns over increased fears among drivers about high-speed roads, blaming it on the snowballing negativity surrounding smart motorways.

He said: "With the news that smart motorway tech leaves drivers at risk, our data reveals an almost universal dislike for smart motorway technology among UK drivers. It's perhaps not surprising that the M25, a smart motorway, was ranked the worst motorway in the UK to drive on."

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He continued: "The results also point to a direct correlation between a lack of confidence in motorway driving, with drivers reporting anxiety and avoidance as results of driving on the motorway, despite them being statistically among the country's safest roads."

ATS Euromaster offered advice to drivers for keeping safe whilst on a motorway: stick strictly to the left lane unless overtaking, so as to steer clear of unnecessary risks of breaking down in the middle lane, which apart from being a sheer annoyance could also result in congestion, reports the Express.

Consequently, drivers who spot any issues with their vehicle should shift to the left-hand lane as soon as it's safe, making it easier to pull over into the hard shoulder or emergency zone if needed.

ATS Euromaster also suggests that ensuring your vehicle is in good working condition can make motorway driving safer and less stressful. By taking a few minutes to inspect components under the bonnet and topping up fluids where necessary, drivers can minimise the risk of breaking down.

Furthermore, ensuring the tyres have the correct air pressure can prevent blowouts, which could cause the vehicle to swerve suddenly into traffic or flip. Lastly, if a car breaks down on a motorway, ATS Euromaster cautions drivers never to attempt to fix the vehicle themselves.

Whether a driver stops on the hard shoulder, emergency zone or a live lane, doing any work on the vehicle puts them at risk of being hit at speeds of up to 70mph. Instead, it's recommended that drivers and all passengers exit the vehicle and stand on the other side of the safety barrier to avoid injury if another road user crashes into the car.