Drivers are being urged to make sure they keep up to date with the rules of the road, as research shows that less than a quarter of motorists read the Highway Code after passing their test.
In an online survey of 400 road users, only 23% said they had read the Highway Code since they passed their practical driving test.
In response, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has been encouraging drivers to sign up to receive reminders and updates about the Highway Code on email or social media. The Highway Code already has over 50,000 Twitter followers and 38,000 likes on Facebook. The majority of people who receive updates from the Highway Code say they have used the roads differently since signing up to receive alerts, and 80% said their knowledge had improved.
DVSA has now updated the online version of the Highway Code to make it easier to find rules and see recent changes.
Transport Minister, Lord Ahmad, said: “The Highway Code is essential reading for all road users – not just those who are learning to drive. It’s now easier than ever to keep up to date with the Highway Code and the rules of the road.
“Making sure all road users keep their skills and knowledge up to date will help to keep Britain’s roads amongst the safest in the world.”
Last year DVSA sought feedback from those who have already signed up for the Highway Code social media alert service. The results show that:
83% of respondents said that their knowledge has improved since signing up to the service
66% of respondents said that they have used the road differently since signing up for the alerts
94% of respondents said that they would recommend the service to family and friends.
So, could you pass? Answer these 10 questions from the DVLA and find out! (Answers found at the bottom of the page)
You arrive at an incident where someone is suffering from severe burns. You should:
*Apply lotions to the injury
*Burst any blisters
*Remove anything stuck to the burns
*Douse the burns with clean cool non-toxic liquid
At an incident someone is unconscious. Your THREE main priorities should be to:
*Sweep up the broken glass
*Count the number of vehicles involved
*Check the airway is clear
*Take the names of witnesses
*Stop any heavy bleeding
*Make sure they are breathing
As you approach a pelican crossing the lights change to green. Elderly people are halfway across. You should:
*Flash your lights in case they have not heard you
*Rev your engine to make them hurry
*Wave them to cross as quickly as they can
*Wait because they will take longer to cross
Why should you allow extra room when overtaking a motorcyclist on a windy day?
*The rider may stop suddenly
*The rider may be blown across in front of you
*The rider may turn off suddenly to get out of the wind
*The rider may be travelling faster than normal
The left-hand lane of a motorway should be used for:
*Slow vehicles only
*Overtaking slower traffic in the other lanes
*Breakdowns and emergencies only
A heavy load on your roof rack will:
*Reduce the stopping distance
*Make the steering lighter
*Improve the road holding
You are about to go down a steep hill. To control the speed of your vehicle you should
*Select a high gear and use the brakes firmly
*Select a low gear and avoid using the brakes
*Select a low gear and use the brakes carefully
*Select a high gear and use the brakes carefully
You are driving behind a large goods vehicle. It signals left but steers to the right. You should:
*Drive on, keeping to the left
*Slow down and let the vehicle turn
*Overtake on the right of it
*Hold your speed and sound your horn
*You see a pedestrian with a white stick and red band. This means that the person is:
*Deaf and blind
How will a school crossing patrol signal you to stop?
*By displaying a stop sign
*By pointing to children on the opposite pavement
*By giving you an arm signal
*By displaying a red light
Check your answers:
Q1 - Douse the burns with clean cool non-toxic liquid.
Q2 - Check the airway is clear, stop any heavy bleeding, make sure they’re breathing.
Q3 - Wait because they will take longer to cross.
Q4 - The rider may be blown across in front of you.
Q5 - Normal driving.
Q6 - Reduce stability.
Q7 - Select a low gear and use brakes carefully.
Q8 - Slow down and let the vehicle turn.
Q9 - Deaf and blind.
Q10 - By displaying a stop sign.