Rule 259 of The Highway Code is about joining motorways.  It states when you join the motorway, you will normally approach it from a road on the left (a slip road) or from an adjoining motorway.  You should:

Give priority to traffic already on the motorway

  • Check the traffic on the motorway and match your speed to fit safely into the traffic flow in the left-hand lane
  • Not cross solid white lines that separate lanes or use the hard shoulder
  • Stay on the slip road if it continues as an extra lane on the motorway
  • Remain in the left-hand lane long enough to adjust to the speed of traffic before considering overtaking

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