As drivers setting off on the M62 are warned to top up their fuel tanks, CCTV footage has shown an even more problematic stretch of motorway just over the Pennines.
New figures from the Highways Agency have revealed that an average of one driver a day is running out of fuel on the 17-mile stretch between junction 8 of the M60 in Manchester and junction 20 of the M62 near Rochdale.
The video above shows the chaos caused when fuel tanks run dry on the city's ring road: delays for drivers, heavy good vehicles veering across motorway lanes and drivers left helpless in the middle of the M60.
One clip shows a man stranded between the barriers in the middle of the road as his car lies stationary in the fast lane. The video shows traffic dodging cars and lorries that have ground to a halt along one of Manchester's busiest routes.
The recordings have been released by Highways England in a bid to make sure motorists check fuel levels before travelling.
In the past 12 months alone 354 drivers have let their tanks run dry on the stretch between junctions 8 and 20.
And Stephen Hill, Highways England programme manager, said: “Running out of fuel is the easiest cause of breakdown to avoid and some simple planning can save drivers the hassle of coming to a halt on the motorway, causing disruption to hundreds of other drivers.
“We’re asking all drivers to help us reduce the number of incidents within the roadworks section by checking their fuel when there is still an opportunity to top up, and checking their vehicle is roadworthy.
“Sitting at the head of a queue of unhappy drivers while you wait to be rescued is not an experience that people wish to repeat.”