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The Highway Code – Remember it?

According to a survey carried out by Halfords 36% of drivers have not read the Highway Code since they passed their driving test. Perhaps that should read that 36% of those admitting to the fact have not read it since passing their driving test.

You may be surprised to learn that in the last three years alone there have been 48 updates to the Official Highway Code, to give it its correct title. These include changes to the MoT regulations, learner driver laws and penalties for using a handheld device.

If you are one of the 36% or perhaps you haven’t picked up a copy for a few years it might be a good idea to familiarise yourself with the latest regulations and driving standards.

As we live very close to one of the busiest motorways in the UK might I suggest that the section covering motorway driving may be of particular interest especially as the new Smart Motorway will soon be completed.

Some years ago, Auto Express magazine polled 1000 readers and found that 90% of them thought that driving standards were falling but only 15% of respondents felt that their own standards had slipped!

The Highway Code contains the latest rules applicable to all types of road, useful for all types of road users, including pedestrians, cyclists, horse riders, motorcyclists and drivers of cars trucks and buses. It has useful information about all of those traffic signs that can sometimes leave any of us somewhat puzzled.

It’s available in book form from all good book shops, at a very cheap price, or can be found on the internet and downloaded in App form onto your phone or other device.

The Highway Code is for life not just for learners and us road users of all types have a moral duty to keep up to date and maintain our knowledge and standards.

For more information about how you can improve your driving or riding standards go to www.iamroadsmart.com

Happy and safe use of our roads to you all.

Congleton and Macclesfield Iamroadsmart.

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