Highways England has urged drivers to ensure they know about the latest signs and signals that can be seen on smart motorways.
With 46,000 breakdowns on England’s motorways and major A roads last summer, drivers are being reminded what to do if they break down, including if that is on a section of ‘smart motorway’ where there is no hard shoulder.
Highways England is advising drivers of the resources on offer to help them arrive at their destinations safely; it includes advice about driving on smart motorways where signs and signals are used to help ease the flow of traffic to improve journeys.
Jim O’Sullivan, Highways England chief executive, said: “Safety is our top priority and we want people who are setting off on summer holidays to arrive at their destinations safely.
“With schools breaking up in July many people will set off on long journeys on unfamiliar roads. Many of those journeys will be on smart motorways.
“We want to be sure that drivers understand the signs and signals and know exactly what to do if their vehicle breaks down. We also urge drivers to ensure their vehicles are in good shape for the journeys before they set out – to help them get to their destinations safely.”
Smart motorways now operate on 236 miles of the M25, M1, M42/M40, M20, M6, M62 and M4/M5. They reduce congestion and improve journey time reliability by making the hard shoulder available as a traffic lane and using variable speed limits to smooth traffic flow.