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Highway Code

Highway Code is a lawful or an official road manual that includes three hundred and seven numbered rules and nine annexes covering the pedestrians, cyclists, animals, drivers and motorcyclists. Along the rules and the annexes, there is also information about the road signs, vehicle markings and road markings. The annexes include the information on the maintenance of the vehicle, documentation, license required, vehicle security and penalties. 

Certain rules of the Highway Code represent different road traffic laws and regulations and should be followed, while other rules mentioned are not compulsory but are advisable. Majority of the rules in the Highway Code are the legal requirements and in case if, you do not obey them, then you are severely committing a criminal offence. In that case, you might be fined, disqualified from driving or might offer penalty points on your driving license. In most of the severe cases, you might be sent to jail. All such types of rules are identified by the words MUST/ MUST NOT. To add, the rule also integrates a shortened reference to the legislation that makes the offence.    

Though failure to obey the other Highway Code rules would not, in itself, forms basis for a person to be put on trial. The Highway Code might be used in the form of evidence in the court proceedings as under the Traffic Acts in order to establish liability. This further incorporates rules that use the advisory wordings like SHOULD/ SHOULD NOT or DO/ DO NOT.         

Getting familiar with the rules and applying the rules included in the Highway Code could certainly lessen down the road causalities. Decreasing the total numbers of death as well as injuries, which takes place on the roads almost every day is a responsibility that must be shared.          

Some of the common rules included in the Highway Code include:

Rule 91

  • Driving at the time when you are greatly tired enhances the chances of collision. In order to minimise the risk.
  • Ensure you are perfect to drive and do not start a journey in case you are fatigue. Thus, take good rest and sleep prior to starting any long journey.
  • Avoid underrating journeys both long and small between midnight as well as 6 am, since it is the time when the natural attentiveness is at minimum.
  • Plan or arrange your journey with ample amounts of breaks. A smallest break of minimum fifteen minutes after the time span of two minutes of driving is advisable.
  • In case if you feel sleepy, it is feasible to stop at a secure place. Remember to not to stop on the hard shoulder of the motor way.
  • The most effectual ways for encountering sleep is to drink for instance twp to three cups of the caffeinated coffee and if possible take a small nap minimum of fifteen to twenty minutes.    

The essential skills and techniques are highly important at the time of driving.

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