The Highway Code

First published in 1931, the Highway Code is a collection of advice, guidelines and laws to protect all road users including drivers and pedestrians. Managed and prepared by the Department of Transport and Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency, the code contains 307 stipulations and if broken, the offender is committing a criminal offence. 

Key Considerations

  • Never drive under the influence of alcohol, narcotics or medicines that advise you not to drive when taken
  • The UK speed limit is not a directive on how fast you should be driving – it is there as a limit and you should use sound judgement in determining how fast you should be driving
  • Do not use your mobile phone while behind the wheel of your vehicle; this includes texting and receiving calls
  • Be respectful of your fellow drivers and allow them plenty of space. Cramping the distance between you and your fellow drivers can be construed as aggressive driving, something that should be avoided at all costs
  • Listening to loud music seriously disrupts your judgement and might crucially distract you from external noises occurring outside the vehicle
  • It’s not simply other cars that drivers must be aware of – cyclists and pedestrians offer the most pressing concern. You must remain focused on the road in case of a negligent pedestrian 
  • UK road signs are categorised by three shapes and five colours. Your theory test will require that you identify the meaning of a selection of signs in the multiple choice section of the exam

While driving is a practical skill, it still requires each driver to understand a variety of rules and regulations to ensure the safety of everyone on the roads. 

The Highway Code remains a crucial method of keeping all road users safe. Drivio highly recommends that you remain aware and up-to-date with the code online or purchase a physical copy.