Wed, 19 Dec, 2018Danielle McCarthy

New road markings introduced on dangerous motorway: Do you know what they mean?

New road markings introduced on dangerous motorway: Do you know what they mean?

One of Sydney’s most dangerous motorways has introduced new road markings in a bid to reduce the number of tailgating accidents.

Large V-shaped arrows have been painted onto the M1 Freeway in New South Wales to give drivers a visual indication of how far back they should be from the car in front of them.

The markings and accompanying signs have been introduced after more than 700 rear-end collisions were reported on the same 13km stretch of the freeway in the past five years.

The white arrows are painted between George Booth Drive at Seahampton and Palmers Road interchange at Ryhope, near Newcastle.

Signs have also been placed on the strip, which read: “Keep at least two chevrons apart”.

Two chevrons, which are the large V-shaped arrows on the road, equals to 92 metres.

Failing to keep at a safe distance can result in a maximum penalty of $448 and three demerit points.

Speaking to, Centre for Road Safety chief executive Bernard Carlon said keeping a safe breaking distance was crucial on the road.

“Keeping a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you is a basic road safety technique that we were all taught when we were learning to drive,” he said.

“The higher the speed limit, the greater the distance you need to leave to react if something goes wrong.”

Learner drivers are instructed to maintain a three-second gap between themselves and the car in front of them by using roadside landmarks as an indicator of distance.

However, drivers are also told to increase the gap if there are dangerous weather conditions, such as rain and fog.

On the M1, the 92-metre recommended gap will equate to a three-second gap on the 110km/h road.

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