The Highway Code
The Highway code is or should have been read by all drivers at some point in their lives but how many people remember what they’ve read?
Indeed how many look at the rules of the road again after they’ve passed their driving test?
Sadly the figure is astonishingly low-over three quarters of UK drivers never read the Highway Code again.
Is it because we all have such amazing memories and because we feel we know everything about driving and the roads that we don’t have to look at it ever again.
According to the Driver and Vehicles Standards Agency (DVSA) only 23% of drivers keep up to date with the rules following their test.
The Governments Transport Minister Lord Ahmad has said “The Highway Code is essential reading for all road users -not just those who are learning to drive.”
“It’s important that all road users are aware of the code and are considerate towards each other.This applies to pedestrians as much as to drivers and riders.”
REMEMBER THE FACTS
Remembering what youv’e learnt is so important.I find all too often when I’m training new drivers that they see the theory test as just a stepping stone towards the practical driving test.
During the practical lessons I will discuss the topic being covered with each student,asking questions and discovering what they know already.This can often cement what they have read and then apply it in practice to their drive.
However I am constantly surprised how many people do not know what some road signs and road markings mean and therefore makes me wonder how much they have retained from learning their theory.
Some of my favorite questions are what is the sequence of a traffic light?” and “what do the different coloured studs on a dual carriageway represent?”
All too often I get students telling me they’ve done their theory”I can forget about it now”!