How to join a motorway safely


When you join a motorway from a slip road, it's important to remember that it is you that has to 'adjust' to the traffic flow on the motorway, and not the other way round.

Build up your speed on the slip road to match the speed of the traffic on the motorway, other drivers will be more likely to 'let you in' if they can do so without adjusting their own speed too much.

As you build up your speed on the slip road check your miirors and start to indicate in order to warn the drivers behind you and on the motorway what you intend to do.

Try to glance over your shoulder briefly on your way down and see if there are any large gaps in the traffic flow, and adjust your speed accordingly.

If your gap in the traffic is still available, adjust your speed in the acceleration lane and move accross into it. Most good drivers on motorways will attempt to move into the middle lane of the motorway to make it easier for other drivers to join at slip roads, or sometimes flash their lights to let you know they will let you in.

If for some reason your gap has 'disappeared' you may have to slow down again and look for another one. Never be tempted 'jump-in' and cut in front of another vehicle, this is what causes accidents. If no gaps are available you will have to come to a gradual stop, and wait for a very large gap to appear. You will need plenty of time to build up your speed again on the motorway without impeding other drivers.

Joining a motorway safely is not difficult as long as you show respect to other drivers, it is those drivers who are impatient who cause accidents. If you have been involved in an accident that was not your fault, we can help you get your vehicle repaired, organise a hire care for you, and even make an injury compensation claim on your behalf.

Car Call and our partners are specialists in managing all aspects of a road accident claim, and because we and our partners recover our costs from the at-fault drivers insurance company.

Call us now on 02392 484 244 for free help and advice from one of our experienced claims advisors.


No need to claim on your insurance

Anyone who has been involved in a road accident has the right to choose who repairs their vehicle. If you were responsible for the accident you were involved in, the company that insures your vehicle would normally deal with your accident claim.

However if you were not at-fault for the accident, you can choose to either claim on your own insurance policy or make a claim independently of your insurer. To find out more call 02392 484 244 and we will be happy to help.

We and our partners help thousands of people make independent accident claims. Our service enables motorists to get the help and assistance they need to resolve their accident related issues, with the costs being recovered directly from the at-fault driver on your behalf.

No excess to pay

Unfortunately even if an accident was not your fault, your insurer will almost certainly require you to pay your excess before any repair is started on your car.

This money should of course be recovered by an insurer at a later date, but with our service - you do not have to pay it at all.

By using our independent claims service, you are not making a claim on your insurance policy and so you will have no excess to pay.

Receive a like-for-like replacement hire vehicle

Not all insurance policies will include a replacement hire-car for you to use if yours is damaged and unroadworthy. In fact it is typically an 'optional extra' on your policy.

Other policies may offer a 'courtesy car' but this is often just a 'basic' saloon or hatchback which may not be suitable for your needs.

Car Call and its partners will provide a like-for-like replacement vehicle as part of our service. This means we will endeavour to supply a hire-vehicle that similar to your own in terms of its type, make and engine size.

So whether you drive a small hatchback or a prestige sports car, we will look to provide a similar hire-vehicle that suits your needs.

Manufacturer approved vehicle repairs

If you have been involved in a car accident, the last thing you want to have to worry about is the quality of the repairs to your car. We have a UK wide network of partner approved Accident Repair Centres available to all of our customers.

Many of our accident repair centres are have manufacturer approvals for specific brands, so if you require a manufacturer approved repair centre, simply tell your personal claim handler and they will ensure your vehicle goes to an approved repairer.

Want you vehicle repaired by a specific garage? No problem, we can alternatively use a repairer that you specify.

Legal Assistance

Our partner solicitors provide legal assistance as part of our service. They specialise in motor claims related issues, so you can be assured of the best possible advice and assistance.

They issues they can assist you with include:

  • Recovery of the cost of the replacement hire-vehicle
  • Recovery of the cost of uplifting your damaged vehicle
  • Recovery of all repair costs
  • Recovery of the cost of damaged of personal items
  • Seeking financial compensation for an injury