Highways England Keep Left Campaign

Facts and Figures

In 2019 there were almost 230,000 reported breakdowns across the Highways England network including around 207,500 on motorways.

Go! Left!

Highways England has launched a new campaign in a bid to make drivers more confident on what to do in the event of a breakdown on a motorway or a major A-road, with or without a hard shoulder. The campaign encourages them to ‘go left’ and move as far away from the running lane as possible in the event of an emergency.

The Highways England Chief Executive, Nick Harris, states that the message is designed to deliver crucial information in an accessible way and to help make motorways safer for its users. Everyone wants a safe journey, and raising awareness is a vital part of helping to make sure that happens.

Why is this campaign crucial for the safety of drivers on the road?

Despite the hard shoulder being converted to a live running lane, to improve traffic flow, drivers can be left stranded if they break down or have an accident too far from a junction or an SOS area.

Their safety is dependent on both the ‘red X’ being activated to close the lane, and drivers obeying the warning signs by changing lanes.

Chief executive of Highway’s England also states that “the campaign is just one of the many steps we are taking to invest in our network with safety as our number one priority, doing everything we can to help drivers feel confident on our motorways”.

A spokesperson for RAC Road Safety, Simon Williams, voices that “suffering a breakdown on a motorway or a high speed road can be one of the most terrifying things that drivers might encounter, so it’s important everyone has a clear understanding of what to do in that situation.”

Key advice from the ‘Go left’ campaign

If you break down on the motorway:

If you cannot do the above, or in an emergency stay in your vehicle, keep seat belts and hazard lights on. Call 999 immediately.

How can you help prevent a breakdown on the motorway:

Highways england keep left campaign

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