Rule 263

Unless directed to do so by a police or traffic officer, you MUST NOT

  • reverse along any part of a motorway, including slip roads, hard shoulders and emergency areas
  • cross the central reservation
  • drive against the traffic flow.

If you have missed your exit, or have taken the wrong route, carry on to the next exit.

Laws RTA 1988 sect 35 as amended by TMA sect 6, MT(E&W)R regs 6, 8 & 10, & MT(S)R regs 4, 5, 7 & 9

Rule 262

The monotony of driving on motorways and other high-speed roads can make you feel sleepy. To minimise the risk, follow the advice in Rule 91 about ensuring you are fit to drive and taking breaks.

Service areas are located along motorways to allow you to take breaks and to obtain refreshments. Refreshment and rest facilities on the local road network may also be accessible from motorway exits.

Rule 261

You MUST NOT exceed

  • a speed limit displayed within a red circle on a sign
  • the maximum speed limit for the road and for your vehicle (see Rule 124).

Speed limits are enforced by the police (see Rule 124).

Law RTRA sects 17, 86, 89 & sched 6

Rule 260

When you can see well ahead and the road conditions are good, you should

  • drive at a steady cruising speed which you and your vehicle can handle safely and is within the speed limit (see Rule 124 and the Speed limits table)
  • keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front and increase the gap on wet or icy roads, or in fog (see Rules 126 and 235).