Check what you know
Did you know?
- Tailgating is one of the causes of road rage and police have powers to issue on the spot fixed penalties for inconsiderate lane use (including hogging the middle lane).
- Penalties range from a fine of £100 and 3 penalty points to a driving ban or prison sentence, depending on the seriousness of the offence.
- A driver should not use their horn in a built-up area between 11:30pm and 07:00am.
Eating, drinking and reading maps and guides should be carried out only when the vehicle is parked.
Best Practice Tips
- Always be aware of your vehicle’s road position.
- Always keep left unless overtaking.
- Provide clear signals in plenty of time to inform other road users, including pedestrians of any intended actions and cancel them after use.
- Pull into a safe place to let other drivers pass if queues build up behind you.
- Drive courteously and safely around pedestrians, horse riders and cyclists.
- Be extra-cautious, especially when visibility is restricted by hedges, bushes, walls and in poor weather conditions.
- Never assume that flashing headlights is a signal inviting you to proceed. Do not flash your headlights to intimidate other road users.
Maintaining a safe distance between your vehicle and the one in front is essential to ensure adequate reaction and braking time should they suddenly stop.
Remember the 2 second rule, to ensure you have adequate space between you and the vehicle in front “Only a fool breaks the 2 second rule”. If it is wet, visibility is less, or when towing a trailer, increase the time to 4 seconds.
When being followed by an emergency services vehicle, a driver must pull over and let them pass. When being followed by a police officer who wants you to stop, they will indicate this by flashing their lights and signalling with their left indicator. Drivers must find a safe place to pull over as soon as safe and legal to do so.