In 2014, there was over 310 billion miles travelled by vehicles in Great Britain.

With such a high volume, accidents are unavoidable and this is one reason for the slow introduction for smart motorways.

The smart motorways have a volume of assets that make them safer and these include:

The purpose of smart motorways is to increase the capacity of the roads in the UK, as well as make them safer, with advanced warnings about traffic and much more. Knowing about an accident means that we can take a diversion if we need to, helping us to avoid traffic and releasing the pressure of traffic in the area of the crash so that emergency services can reach the accident.

There are currently 3 different types of smart motor way:

  1. All lanes running – There are no hard shoulders on these stretches of road. There are variable speed limits and refuge areas roughly every 1.5 miles. Examples of this type of motorway are:
  1. Controlled motorway – The hard shoulder is for emergency use only. There are multiples lanes that operate with variable speed limits. This occurs on:
  1. Hard shoulder running – Overhead signs to tell you when you are allowed to access the hard shoulder. There are variable speed limits and the hard shoulder will be open at busy times. Examples of this type of smart motorway includes: