M Way

Test your M-way knowledge

Do middle lane morons drive you mad?

They reduce the motorway to one lane, causing traffic jams and accidents, as they selfishly plough their way down the middle even though the inside lane is empty.

On four lane motorways they turn into third lane thickos, causing fury and chaos, blocking trucks forced to overtake on the left as they relentlessly take their empty heads to wherever they’re going.

Do these dolts understand motorways? Obviously not, because a study by car supermarket, CarShop, shows that an incredible one in three of us don’t know what motorway signs are telling us.

That’s why more than half of all millennials avoid motorway driving altogether.

The most dangerous time is when someone tries to join the motorway on the non existent “slow lane” or move into the so-called “fast lane.” That doesn’t exist either.

Car Shop discovered that not only do a third of people not understand motorway signs, but the same amount think that motorway message signs are not useful or have poor and inaccurate information.

Now the firm has revealed Brits’ most common hang ups about motorway driving, and debunked many of the common myths in a bid to equip drivers with vital information.

They also discovered that motorway fear is real among drivers, especially those who are new to the roads, with an incredible 60% of millennials avoiding them altogether.

Nearly one in four drivers (23%) have ignored the red X sign on a smart motorway and over a third (37%) of drivers break the 70mph speed limit because they are unsure about the rules of the road.


CarShop has debunked some of the UK’s most well-known motorway myths in a bid to help end the confusion.

1 There’s no such thing as a “fast lane” and “slow lane”. The left hand lane should be used for normal driving and the other two lanes should only be used for overtaking.

2 When joining a motorway, you should give way to traffic already in lane. Many believe drivers on the motorway should give way to those joining, but they actually have the right of way. It’s the joining driver’s responsibility to join the motorway safely.

3 On smart motorways, even when display screens are inactive and completely black, the integrated speed cameras are still active and can capture the number plates of speeding drivers as normal. Speed cameras on smart motorways do not turn off.

4 Speed limits displayed on smart motorways are often thought to be advisory, but this isn’t always the case. If the speed displayed is in a red circle it is a mandatory limit and you will be committing an offence if you exceed the 70mph limit. You’re likely to be captured by speed cameras if you do so. It’s only when the speed displayed is accompanied by orange flashing lights that a limit is advisory.

5 Many people believe that it’s illegal to run out of fuel on the motorway, and that you may receive a fine if this happens, but this is a myth. You should never commit to a long journey if you feel you may run out of fuel, but if you do, you won’t be fined.

Take Car Shop’s quiz to test your motorway knowledge here: