Now, if you've ever broken down on the motorway you'll know how frightening it can be to feel stranded on the side of the carriageway.
Well, under new plans to convert hard shoulders into extra lanes on two of the region's motorways, drivers will be forced to pull over onto the verge or into the central reservation.
The Highways Agency are to press ahead a year early with removing the hard shoulder on the M25 between junctions 5 and 7. They will allow the lane to be used as an extra traffic carriageway. It's a cheaper alternative to easing congestion - but what's the safety cost?. Mike Pearse reports.
One lane is closed due to vehicle fire on M25 clockwise between J10 A3 (Wisley Interchange) and J11 A317 (Chertsey).
A mobile crane fire is causing problems on the M25 this morning.
Two lanes are closed and traffic is queueing due to the fire clockwise after J1B A282 / A296 Princes Road (Dartford).
Lanes one and two are closed as the fire brigade attend a mobile crane fire on the hard shoulder.
Traffic is queueing on the M25 clockwise in Kent between junction 5 M26/A21 and Clacket Lane Services - congestion stretches to junction 4 for Orpington - due to an earlier accident. However all lanes have reopened.
Three lanes are closed on the M25 clockwise in Surrey around junction 6 for Godstone (A22/B2235). Traffic is stop-start with congestion to junction 4 A21/A224 due to an accident.
One lane is closed and there is queueing traffic due to a broken down vehicle on the M25 clockwise between J5 M26/ A21 and J6 A22/B2235.
Down to only two lanes through the ongoing road works.
Adding to the usual morning queues.
The swan that has caused delays on the M25 is now in the hands of Berkshire charity Swan Lifeline.
The charity confirmed that the swan was taken by police to the local vets and has sustained no injuries after ending up on the motorway - causing 90 minute traffic queues.
A swan is causing mayhem on the M25 by holding up traffic - with 90 minute delays.
Late turn are in and it's raining and cats and dogs, and swans!!Reports of 2 Swans on the #M25.One has been caught by one of our officers!
There are major delays on the M25 clockwise between J9 A243 / B2430 (Leatherhead) and J15 M4. Travel time is around an hour and 30 minutes. Tailbacks for 20 miles.