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So, you may be starting your driving lessons, and you’re now wondering how to drive on dual carriageways. One minute you’re driving along a single lane and the next, you’re faced with two lanes! In this guide, we’re providing the helpful tips and tricks you need to drive along a dual carriageway like a pro.

Being confident about the rules of the road is vital. It will take practice. But, like with anything, practice makes perfect – right?

How to safely join a dual carriageway

Some dual carriageways can be entered via a slip road. You will need to keep to the speed limit and check that the left-hand lane is clear before leaving the slip road. Drivers on the carriageway should see you approaching. There will be some drivers that don’t leave space for you to enter, so it’s always important to check to avoid a collision!

When you spot a gap in the traffic, you’re free to join.

Roundabouts can also take you onto a dual carriageway. Make sure to choose the right lane, indicate when necessary and avoid making last-minute lane changes.

You can then tootle along at the speed limit to keep up with the flow of the traffic. The national speed limit for a dual carriageway is 70mph (unless otherwise stated). If you would like to overtake another driver and you have plenty of time and space to do so, you are allowed to do this.

You should drive in the left hand lane unless overtaking or turning right.

How to safely leave a dual carriageway

  • Use your Mirror, Signal, Manoeuvre routine
  • Get into the left hand lane in plenty of time
  • Signal left early and reduce your speed in good time

You will need to get into the left-hand lane in plenty of time, so make sure you look out for the signs for your exit.

We hope this guide has given you some key information on how to enter, drive on and leave a dual carriageway. If you’re looking for an Intensive Driving Course near Stevenage, GoGoGo is the ideal choice. We have better than average pass rates and are dedicated to helping learners pass first time.

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