Less than half of drivers are aware of where to pull over safely when driving on a ‘smart’ motorway

The rise in the number of ‘smart’ motorways in the UK is raising safety concerns after new figures revealed that less than half of motorists know where to pull over safely during an emergency.

New Figures From The RAC

New figures from the RAC show 52 per cent of drivers do not know what an emergency refuge area is on a smart motorway. Highways England is currently busy converting existing motorways into ‘smart’ motorways, which replace the hard shoulder with an extra lane in order to cut congestion and reduce travel times, but the figures would indicate that driver education is not keeping pace.

By 2020, many more existing motorways are expected to have been upgraded to smart motorways, providing more than 472 extra lane miles of capacity to the strategic road network.

Highways England has built emergency refuge areas 1.6 miles apart across the smart motorway network for drivers with car problems to pull into. However, according to the RAC, drivers are clearly unaware of what to do during an emergency when driving on a smart motorway.

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