Driving on the motorways
Whatever part of National Highways' network you’re driving on, we want you to stay safe and know what to do if anything goes wrong.
Our videos explain the main features of smart motorways, and we provide advice and guidance on safer driving and what to do in an emergency.
Take care when you rejoin the motorway
Get back on the road safely from an emergency area. Do not exit an emergency area without speaking to National Highways first. We can close the lane to help you rejoin the motorway safely. We can also set signs and warn approaching traffic that you're about to exit an emergency area.
Get back on the road safely from the hard shoulder. Build up speed, use your indicators and watch for a gap in the traffic to rejoin the carriageway safely. Be aware that other vehicles may be stationary on the hard shoulder or in the layby ahead of you.
Take a road trip with Suzi and Ortis
TV presenters Suzi Perry and Ortis Deley take you on a road trip along a smart motorway, explaining the system and key information that drivers need to knowWatch the full film here (12min)