Data for the RAC Report on Motoring also revealed six-in-10 drivers (59%) think the distance between SOS areas, at up to 1.6 miles (2.5km) apart, is too great.
The future of Smart Motorways could be short lived as Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has called for a review into their safety.
A training course has been launched by Highways England to help the roadside recovery industry operate safely on smart motorways.
Recent studies by Highways England has shown that the hard shoulder is causing confusion for UK drivers, says Kwik Fit.
Drivers who ignore lane closures on motorways marked with a red ‘X’ will face a £100 fine and three penalty points.
Smart motorways are as safe as conventional ones, according to the latest data from Highways England, paving the way for a full roll out across the country.
Almost one quarter (23%) of drivers have driven in a lane on smart motorway closed by the red ‘X’ sign in the past year, RAC research suggests.
Nearly one in ten (8%) drivers avoid motorways for at least six months after passing their test.
In the survey from GEM Motoring Assist, the main concern expressed by 51% of respondents was of breaking down with no access to a hard shoulder.
The AA is pressuring Government to update the Highway Code to include advice on All Lane Running motorways.
The AA has written to Road Safety Minister Jesse Norman MP to seek “life-saving changes” to the Highway Code.
Drivers need more help to understand smart motorways, says independent watchdog Transport Focus.
Alphabet has released a drivers guide to smart motorways, highlighting signage and speed limits for unsure drivers.
The Highways England scheme between junction 16 at Crewe and junction 19 at Knutsford will see the hard shoulder converted to a permanent extra lane.
The first of a new-style smart motorway emergency refuge area (ERA) is being trialled on the M3 in Surrey.
The main construction of a fourth lane on the M3 in Surrey and Hampshire has been completed.
Driver education crucial as more motorway hard shoulder running introduced.
A 60mph speed limit could be introduced on the M1 to improve air quality in Sheffield, according to reports.
Converting the hard shoulder into a running lane does not present an unacceptable level of risk, the Government has claimed.
Eight out of 10 drivers think that removal of hard-shoulders on so-called ‘smart’ motorways has made them more dangerous, according to an AA Populus poll.
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