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Driving With The Highway Code

Driving With The Highway Code

Posted On 14 May, 2014

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No matter which part of the world one lives in, whether it has an explicit code for conduct on highways set into law, one really needs to be aware of how to drive safely and awarely. At the same time, how to protect oneself, other drivers and the accompanying friends and family.

The UK highway code sets out what it considers some of the most important and obvious points to bear in mind.

It tells UK drivers it’s most dangerous to drive at night, never to allow passengers to distract one’s attention, never show off, and obviously never drive under the influence of drink or drugs.

These rules seem simple, but it’s surprising how even the most sensible drivers can occasionally be struck by a bout of motorway madness, or just make mistakes down to tiredness, stress or other things in their life distracting their attention.

No matter whether one’s driving a new, used or rental car, one still needs to be aware of how to drive safely and the key considerations they ought to adhere to. Failing to do so could impact on the ability to claim on insurance in the event of an accident or clash with your rental T&Cs, leaving people accountable for some hefty damages.

Other key parts of the UK code include making sure everyone’s wearing a seat belt throughout the journey, the need to keep the speed down, particularly in corners, and to take additional care if driving a highly powered car.

It is of course an offence to drive without insurance, so be aware of this, and the UK code also makes it very plain that, ‘You’ll lose your licence if you get 6 penalty points within 2 years of passing your first driving test. You’ll need to pass both tests again to get it back.’

Codes and jurisdictions vary across the world however, so it’s not enough just to understand about driving safely where one lives, remember to check when driving on a holiday, or overseas for work in a hired company car.

Hertz dealers can help with the local legal and logical safety requirements, and if there’s any doubt, be sure to ask. Safety really is always the best policy.

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