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9 tips on how to drive safely and legally on a smart motorway

Smart motorways are controversial - but they're here to stay.

A smart motorway is a section of a motorway which uses traffic management methods designed to increase capacity and reduce congestion in particularly busy areas. These methods include using the hard shoulder as a running lane and using variable speed limits to control the flow of traffic. The following tips on how to drive safely and legally on a smart motorway are from Highways England...

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If the hard shoulder is being used as an extra lane, use the designated emergency areas for emergencies
If the hard shoulder is being used as an extra lane, use the designated emergency areas for emergencies
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If your vehicle experiences difficulties - for example, a warning light comes on - exit the motorway immediately, if you can.
If your vehicle experiences difficulties - for example, a warning light comes on - exit the motorway immediately, if you can.
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If you break down, put your hazard lights on
If you break down, put your hazard lights on
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