• Andreea M.


A new year, a new start, so I’ve decided to post every Tuesday an article about safety on the roads, road signs, speed limits, CBT, MOD 1, MOD 2, advanced riding and many more.

The reason why I want to do this is because in our community we have pillions that may want to become riders but don’t know where to look for information. Maybe they are motorcyclists touring in the UK or riders that just moved in the UK.

The United Kingdom has a network of roads, of varied quality and capacity, totaling about 262,300 miles (422,100 km). Road distances are shown in miles or yards and UK speed limit are indicated in miles per hour (mph) or by the use of the national speed limit (NSL) symbol. Some vehicle categories have various lower maximum limits enforced by speed limiters. A unified numbering system is in place for Great Britain, whilst in Northern Ireland, there is no available explanation for the allocation of road numbers.

There are 3 main types of road in the UK and signs and speed limits will differ depending on where you’re driving. These 3 road types are:


Motorways are classified as Special Roads – roads where certain types of traffic are prohibited. This arrangement is determined by statute, and is not covered in this consultation.

High-speed roads (70 mph) where slow vehicles and pedestrians are forbidden. Motorway signs are blue with white text. Motorways are named with an M prefix or suffix (for example M6 or A6 (M)). Junctions and exits are announced one mile in advance, with several signs until the exit. Motorways are free to drive on except for a small part of the M6, north of Birmingham.

If you will see a sign with A …( M) ( example A194(M) ) means that is in the motorway category. The additional (M) means that former dual carriageway ( the A) has been upgraded to motorway status.

->The longest motorway in the UK is the M6. Running from Junction 19 of the M1 near Rugby to Gretna and the A74(M) near Scotland 232.2 miles, or 373.7 kilometres., the M6 is also one of the UK's busiest routes.

->The M62 has the honour of being the highest motorway. At 1,221 feet (372 metres), the section of the motorway at Junction 22 is the highest point of the UK's motorway network.

->By comparison, one of the shortest roads and motorways in the UK is the A308(M). Measuring just 0.6 miles (1 km), the motorway is located in Berkshire between Junction 8/9 of the M4 and the A308.

Primary roads (A and B):

Smaller and slower roads which can either be single or dual carriageways. Signs are green with white text. You can find both primary A-roads and primary B-roads, B-roads are generally regional and link up less populated areas.

A roads – major roads intended to provide large-scale transport links within or between areas.

->The A1 is the longest numbered or classified road in the United Kingdom. Linking London with Edinburgh, the road is 410 miles or 660 km.

B roads – roads intended to connect different areas, and to feed traffic between A roads and smaller roads on the network.

->The longest B-road in the UK is the B6318. Linking Heddon-on-the-Wall and Langholm, the road runs parallel to Hadrian's Wall for much of its route. The road measures 61 miles or 98 kilometres.

Non-primary roads (A and B):

These routes are often present when there is a primary route close by. They offer an alternative which may be more direct and avoid dual carriageways. They can be either A or B roads, and signs are white with black writing.

Classified unnumbered:

Smaller roads intended to connect together unclassified roads with A and B roads, and often linking a housing estate or a village to the rest of the network. Similar to ‘minor roads’ on an Ordnance Survey map and sometimes known unofficially as C roads.

You can also find C roads across the UK, but these are very small and not often noted on national maps.


Local roads intended for local traffic. The vast majority (60%) of roads in the UK fall within this category.

->The lowest roads in the UK are found close to Holme, near Peterborough. The B660, the lowest classified road, is located east of Holme. A small lane north-east of the village is the lowest road at 5 feet, 4 inches (162 cm) below sea level.

->The lowest roads in the UK are found close to Holme, near Peterborough. The B660, the lowest classified road, is located east of Holme. A small lane north-east of the village is the lowest road at 5 feet, 4 inches (162 cm) below sea level.

If you want to refresh all your information, the best way is to access THE HIGHWAY CODE in the link below.



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