posted on October 18, 2016 19:11
Although everyone must learn the rules of the road in order to pass their driving test, drivers are seen flouting some of these rules on UK roads every day.
Every driver must learn the rules of the road to be granted a licence
- but how many remember them once they’ve passed their test?
Whether it’s through forgetfulness, laziness or developing bad habits, road users can often be seen flouting the Highway Code.
Not only can this be incredibly frustrating for other drivers and pedestrians, it can also put people in real danger, reports the Liverpool Echo.
Mike Bristow, spokesperson for Brake, the road safety charity, said: “Drivers have a responsibility to ensure they are operating within the law.
"The Highway Code is freely available and exists to keep drivers informed on how to use our roads safely.
"Ignorance is no excuse.”
Here are 17 rules and laws you might have forgotten
- Drivers must only flash their headlights to let other road users know they are there - not to convey other messages or intimidate people.
- Your car horn must not be used when your vehicle is stationary - except when another vehicle poses a danger.
- It is illegal to use a hand-held phone or similar device, when stopped at traffic lights or queueing in traffic.
- Drivers must not park on a road at night, facing against the flow of traffic, unless in a dedicated space.
- A rear-facing baby seat must not be used in a seat with an activated front airbag.
- Vehicles towing a caravan or trailer on a motorway must not exceed 60mph.
- Drivers must not stop to set down and pick up passengers on school entrance markings.
- Children must use a car seat suitable for their weight, up until their 12th birthday, or until they reach 135cm tall - whichever comes first.
- It is illegal to use a hand-held phone or similar device when supervising a learner driver or rider.
- On roads with more than one lane, you must stay in the left hand lane unless overtaking, or turning right.
- You must not drive on a pavement, footpath or bridleway, unless gaining access to a property, or in an emergency.
- Inconsiderate parking on pavements creates inconvenience and dangers for pedestrians
- Drivers must not throw anything out of a vehicle, including food and cigarette ends.
- You must not wait on single yellow lines, during the times stated.
- Drivers must not stop or park within 10 metres of a junction, unless in an authorised space.
- It is illegal to change your name and address and not tell the DVLA.
- New drivers must not get six penalty points on their licence within two years of passing their test. Those that do must take their theory and practical test again.
- It is illegal to not tell the DVLA of a medical condition, or disability, such as epilepsy, strokes, neurological and mental health conditions, physical disabilities and visual impairments.