Blog of the week – The Highway Code…
…I can hear the laughing already, last read the day of your driving test!
But seriously, The Highway Code contains the rules of the road, and learning just a few of the rules can give you a lot more credibility when some idiot doesn’t know what they’re doing.
Rule 259 for instance – How to join the Motorway
Rules 221 and 222 are useful too, but as professional drivers, you know that, don’t you?
Reading the code can save you hassle too, would you stop for a Highways Agency Traffic Officer?
If your answer is no, then you could be in trouble,
If your answer is yes, then where do they have the power to stop you??
Rule 108 will give you the answer to this one, Rules 106, and 107, will tell you the powers of the Police and VOSA, and tell you the correct procedures they should follow when stopping you. Knowledge will empower you, and as you are now recognised as trained professionals, if you get it wrong, you will be prosecuted as trained professionals, which means higher fines of course!
Then there are the Flash for Cash scams that have replaced the Crash for Cash scams. Rule110 is the one they use to get their money, ‘ Only flash your headlights to let others know you are there’ ,not to let them out of a junction etc.
At this time of year, Rule 229 comes into force. Before you set off:
- You MUST be able to see, so clear all snow and ice from all your windows
- You MUST ensure that lights are clean and number plates are clearly visible and legible
- Make sure the mirrors are clear and windows are demisted thoroughly
- Remove all snow that might fall off into the path of other road users
Get yourself a copy, or book a course with Driverlink, and get your knowledge up to date.