posted 6 years ago

IAM Driving Tips – Tunnels

Institute of Advanced Motorists Driver Training Specialist, Simon Elstow, is offering motorists straightforward tips to improve their skills behind the wheel.

Institute of Advanced Motorists Driver Training Specialist, Simon Elstow, is offering motorists straightforward tips to improve their skills behind the wheel. His focus this week is tunnels; the dangers of which are frequently underestimated. The IAM's advice is:

Before entering a tunnel:

- Check your fuel gauge, do not risk running out of fuel.

- Turn on the traffic information channel. Some larger European road tunnels have their own radio as well as electronic signs.

- Take off your sunglasses.

In the tunnel:

- Turn on dipped headlights.

- Do not exceed the speed limit and leave extra room between yourself and the car in front.

- Keep an eye out for the location of emergency pedestrian exits just in case you may need one.

- In two-way tunnels, keep well to the nearside kerb.

- Do not change lanes unless instructed to.

If you break down:

- Switch on your hazard lights immediately.

- Try to coast to a breakdown lay-by.

- If none are available, stop as close to the nearside kerb as possible.

- Turn off the engine but leave the key in the ignition so the vehicle can be moved.

- Evacuate the vehicle making sure everyone is in a safe place - on the pedestrian walkway if there is one.