to be a great driver
For those who live in England, Scotland or Wales, the DSA's
Highway Code applies to you. The Official Highway Code, which was revised in
2007, should be read and adhered to by all road users.
However, these laws apply to pedestrians just as much as they
do to drivers and cyclists. The code aims to protect the more susceptible roads
users, such as children, the elderly and horse riders.
Many people don't know that a vast majority of the rules within
the code are in fact legal specifications and to break them constitutes a criminal
offence. It's also worth noting that the Highway Code can be used as evidence
in court proceedings under the Traffic Acts and various driving laws.
Know your code!
It’s essential that you’re familiar with the code’s
many rules. This understanding will help everyone when preparing for a driving
theory test and practical driving test, as well as collectively reducing road
accidents and casualties.
The DSA has a host of invaluable information and tips online
relating to The Highway Code, including ‘The Official DSA Guide to Driving
- the essential skills’ and ‘The Official DSA Guide to Riding -
the essential skills’ – material that all new drivers should have
at home. Here are some key elements and tips from the code:
* Be prepared to stop at traffic control systems, road works,
pedestrian crossings or traffic lights as necessary.
* Try to anticipate what pedestrians and cyclists might do. If pedestrians,
particularly children, are looking the other way, they may step out into the
road without seeing you.
* Slow down and hold back if a road user pulls out into your path at a junction.
Allow them to get clear. Do not over-react by driving too close behind to intimidate
* Do not treat speed limits as a target. It is often not appropriate or safe
to drive at the maximum speed limit.
* Do not play loud music while driving (this may mask other sounds).
* Avoid inserting a cassette or CD or tuning a radio while driving.
For further information on the Highway Code