Are you aware of the changes to the Highway Code?
We have mentioned in a previous blog about changes to the Highway Code, but a recent survey by the AA showed around 61% of the people they questioned, regarding the changes, had not read about them or knew what the changes were.
We felt then, that another reminder to all our readers is in order.
You are responsible
More responsibility is being placed on you, as a vehicle driver, to be aware of other road users, specifically vulnerable road users. This could be anything from waiting for pedestrians who are attempting to cross at a junction, to people out walking or even those riding a horse.
It is your responsibility to make sure those vulnerable road users are safe. Of course, they are also responsible for their own safety, but you must be more aware of them and anticipate what they will do. The changes to the Highway Code have been made specifically with vulnerable road users in mind. Other road users, such as cyclists, also need to be aware of the changes, not only for them as cyclists but for them as road users.
Cyclists are being advised to use the centre of the road when using quieter roads. The same advice is given when they are approaching a junction or cycling in slow-moving traffic. This is because too often cyclists approach a junction or ride in traffic on the inside lane and some vehicles, especially HGVs and vehicles towing caravans, can’t see the cyclist. This has unfortunately resulted in fatalities on the roads. The advice is given to keep everyone safer on the roads.
However, cyclists also have a responsibility towards other road users and ensure that when cycling, they are aware of vulnerable users. This includes pedestrians, horse riders, and other cyclists. It goes without saying that they also need to be aware of other vehicles.
Mobile phones, again
Tighter restrictions around the use of mobile phones have been introduced and previously, as long as your vehicle was stationary, you could use it for certain things, this has changed. Selecting songs from a playlist or playing a game, even if you are waiting at traffic lights, could land you a £200 fine with 6 points on your licence.
It just makes sense not to use your mobile at all whilst driving. Enter your destination before you set off (if you’re using maps on your device) and if you need to adjust this at any point, pull over to do so. Too many accidents have been caused by motorists using mobiles – don’t be another statistic. Use hands-free options only, simple!
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