New Highway Code Changes

Have you heard the latest about the Highway Code? 

In December (or should we say last year now?), it was announced there would be some new changes to the Highway Code which will kick in at the end of this month (the 29th, to be precise). 

So, what’s the deal?

If you’re not aware of the Highway Code (you probably are if you’re a motorist and on this page), then we’ll provide a little refresher. 

Most drivers become familiar with it when sitting their theory tests, but it’s important to keep up to date with any changes. This is because it contains essential details, guidance, and information on mandatory rules that all motorists in England should be following. 

However, it doesn’t just apply to those with cars. Anyone who is considered to be a road user has rules to abide by. For example, cyclists, pedestrians, motorcyclists, and even horses (well – the riders of the horses, maybe not the horses themselves).

If you fancy a bit of heavy bedtime reading, you can brush up on the many sections of the Highway Code right here.

What changes are coming?

It’s all a bit controversial as there are many people who fear the upcoming changes could be dangerous, and cause more accidents. 

The gist of it is this:

  1. Pedestrians and cyclists (or more vulnerable road users) will be given priority at junctions and crossings
  2. Motorists should use the method of “Dutch reach” when opening their car doors (see The AA’s explanation here)
  3. More space to be given to cyclists when being overtaken by drivers (a minimum of 1.5 metres)
  4. Harsher rules for using your mobile phone when driving (don’t take photos or videos – it’s now an offence; don’t skip that song on Spotify – changing the music could result in a fine; and definitely no playing games on your mobiles – whether you’re at a red light night or not

See this tweet from the lovely Scots breaking it all down in more detail, and providing images of the hierarchy to come.

What next?

Well, now you’re up-to-date, the best thing to do is to comply with the new rules once the government brings them in. 

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