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HIGHWAY CODE - TIP
5/31/2012 12:25:25 PM

DRIVING STANDARDS AGENCY

Description: The Highway Code

THE OFFICIAL HIGHWAY CODE
General advice

The Highway Code applies to England, Scotland and Wales. It's essential reading for everyone. Here's a reminder about some general advice.

 

Rule 151

In slow-moving traffic. You should

  • reduce the distance between you and the vehicle ahead to maintain traffic flow
  • never get so close to the vehicle in front that you cannot stop safely
  • leave enough space to be able to manoeuvre if the vehicle in front breaks down or an emergency vehicle needs to get past
  • not change lanes to the left to overtake
  • allow access into and from side roads, as blocking these will add to congestion
  • be aware of cyclists and motorcyclists who may be passing on either side

Read all the rules giving general advice (144-158)

HIGHWAY CODE - TIP
5/18/2012 7:38:18 AM

DRIVING STANDARDS AGENCY

The Highway Code

THE OFFICIAL HIGHWAY CODE
Lighting requirements

The Highway Code applies to England, Scotland and Wales. It's essential reading for everyone. Here's a reminder about lighting requirements.

 

Rule 114

You MUST NOT

·       use any lights in a way which would dazzle or cause discomfort to other road users, including pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders

·       use front or rear fog lights unless visibility is seriously reduced. You MUST switch them off when visibility improves to avoid dazzling other road users (see Rule 226)

·       In stationary queues of traffic, drivers should apply the parking brake and, once the following traffic has stopped, take their foot off the footbrake to deactivate the vehicle brake lights. This will minimise glare to road users behind until the traffic moves again.

Read all the rules about lighting requirements (113-116)

 

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So Many Cars
5/11/2012 10:09:03 PM
DID YOU KNOW.......
  • At the end of 2011 there were 34.2 million vehicles licensed for use on the roads in Great Britain, of which 28.5 million were cars.
  • Between 2010 and 2011 the total vehicle stock number increased by 0.3 per cent. 
Rules for cyclists
5/10/2012 1:14:14 PM

The Highway Code

THE OFFICIAL HIGHWAY CODE
Rules for cyclists

The Highway Code applies to England, Scotland and Wales. It's essential reading for everyone. Here's a reminder about rules for cyclists.

Rule 66

You should

  • keep both hands on the handlebars except when signalling or changing gear
  • keep both feet on the pedals
  • never ride more than two abreast, and ride in single file on narrow or busy roads and when riding round bends
  • not ride close behind another vehicle
  • not carry anything which will affect your balance or may get tangled up with your wheels or chain
  • be considerate of other road users, particularly blind and partially sighted pedestrians. Let them know you are there when necessary, for example, by ringing your bell if you have one. It is recommended that a bell be fitted

Read all the rules for cyclists (59-82)

Government crack down on drug driving menace
5/10/2012 1:11:55 PM

DRIVING STANDARDS AGENCY

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Government crack down on drug driving menace

 

The government announced plans today to crack down on those who drive while under the influence of drugs.


Legislation unveiled in the Queen’s Speech will create a specific drug driving offence. Currently police have to demonstrate that driving had been impaired by drugs in order to prosecute.

Under the proposed legislation it will automatically be an offence to drive a motor vehicle if you have certain controlled drugs in your body in excess of specified limits. This will make it much easier for police to take action against drug drivers.

Devices to screen for drugs in the body are expected to receive type approval from the Home Office by the end of the year.

Road Safety Minister Mike Penning said:

“Drug drivers are a deadly menace – they must be stopped and that is exactly what I intend to do.

“The new offence sends out a clear message that if you drive whilst under the influence of drugs you will not get away with it.

“We have an enviable record on road safety in this country and I want to keep it that way. This measure will help to rid our roads of the irresponsible minority who risk the lives of innocent motorists and pedestrians.”

An independent review of drink and drug driving law in 2010 recommended that a new specified limit offence should be developed. The exact drugs covered by the offence and the specified limits for each will be determined following advice from an expert panel and a public consultation.

Earlier this year the Department for Transport announced the formation of the panel and today is confirming the membership. It includes experts in the field of alcohol and drug misuse and will also work with officials from the Home Office, Ministry of Justice and Department of Health.

The penalty for the new offence will be a maximum of 6 months imprisonment and/or a fine of up to £5,000, and an automatic driving ban of at least 12 months.

Roundabouts
5/3/2012 12:14:06 PM

The Highway Code

THE OFFICIAL HIGHWAY CODE
Roundabouts

 

The Highway Code applies to England, Scotland and Wales. It's essential reading for everyone. Here's a reminder about roundabouts.

Rule 186

Signals and position.

When taking the first exit to the left, unless signs or markings indicate otherwise

signal left and approach in the left-hand lane

keep to the left on the roundabout and continue signalling left to leave

When taking an exit to the right or going full circle, unless signs or markings indicate otherwise

signal right and approach in the right-hand lane

keep to the right on the roundabout until you need to change lanes to exit the roundabout

signal left after you have passed the exit before the one you want

When taking any intermediate exit, unless signs or markings indicate otherwise

select the appropriate lane on approach to the roundabout

you should not normally need to signal on approach

stay in this lane until you need to alter course to exit the roundabout

signal left after you have passed the exit before the one you want

When there are more than three lanes at the entrance to a roundabout, use the most appropriate lane on approach and through it.

Read all the rules about roundabouts (184-190)

 

TEST PASS
5/2/2012 11:09:31 AM

Well done to Steven Rankin on passing his driving test first time yesterday. Unfortunately he was on test for about 1.5 hours due to getting stuck in some traffic as a result of an accident. Regardless of this the examiner commented that he was impressed to see that Steven kept his cool and that even after having to wait on the traffic clearing, completed his test to a high Standard. Good luck Steven and look forward to seeing you on the road. 

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