The Highway Code is not the law - but that does not mean drivers should ignore the motoring bible. Recent research suggest more than three quarters of UK drivers have not revisited the Highway Code since passing their test. Here are 16 rules from the Highway Code you should never ignore, courtesy of the RAC. Do not wait or park on yellow zig-zag lines These areas are typically found outside schools, hospitals, and stations for emergency services. Drivers should not be slapped with a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) however unless there is a sign detailing the restrictions. Always let out buses The Highway Code tells drivers to always give priority to buses, coaches and trams when you can do so safely. It is not a legal requirement but not only is it courteous, it avoids any confusion for larger vehicles entering the flow of traffic. Don't cross double (centre-of-road) white lines Drivers are forbidden by law from crossing double white lines in the middle of the road where the line nearest … [Read more...] about 16 Highway Code rules drivers should NOT ignore
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A mum with two young children in the car captured dashcam footage of a minibus pulling out onto a dual carriageway in front of her and stopping as she travelled at 70mph. She slammed on her brakes to avoid a horrendous pile-up involving her's and other cars travelling behind her at the same speed. The near-miss happened during rush hour on Monday (June 3) on the A46 northbound at the junction for Seagrave - where Leicester City’s new training facility is being built - and Thrussington. The Gallagher Ltd minibus, carrying workers from the building site, tried to pull into a gap between the north and southbound carriageways. But it was already full with other vehicles – leaving the minibus stranded in the outside lane of the northbound carriageway. The woman was driving her Vauxhall Mokka north at about 5.30pm after collecting her children from a pre-school group, near Syston. In a post shared with LeicestershireLive, she said: “Thankfully I stopped in time and the car … [Read more...] about Heart-stopping moment mum with kids in car avoids minibus
In 1961 the London Metropolitan Police commissioned two Daimler SP250 ‘Dart’ traffic patrol cars – “the first sports models to be used by the Yard”, in the words of this newspaper. There were to be eventually 26 Met Police Daimlers and one of their roles was to “encourage courtesy on the roads”. In the early 1960s, the mere sight of a black SP250 was more than sufficient to quell an errant Hillman Minx driver and “ton-up” biker dashing around the North Circular Road near the notorious Ace Café. The Daimler is still probably best remembered as a police car, and two surviving examples are 668 ELL, owned by Vincent Worrall, and Jonathan Smith’s 550 CLU, which is the oldest Met Police SP250 in existence. However, its raison d'être was to revitalise the image of one of the most famous names in British motoring. By the late-1950s the marque was increasingly perceived as staid, with the Jaguar MkVII … [Read more...] about Daimler SP250 Dart at 60: the most unlikely police car ever?
It is difficult not to wince slightly as Durham midfielder Lisa Robertson, without even taking a deep breath, recites her daily schedule with all the nonchalance of someone reeling off items from a shopping list. On Sunday, Robertson’s Durham – fourth in the Women’s Championship, the second tier of women’s football – host Chelsea, third in the Women’s Super League, in the quarter-finals of the Women’s FA Cup and the 12-place gulf between the pair could barely, in Robertson’s opinion, be more cavernous. Durham are not the lowest-ranked team remaining – that honour falls to Aston Villa, who will be visited by West Ham – but this is two-time winners Chelsea’s last chance of domestic silverware. Manchester United, a full-time outfit, are the other Championship side still in the competition, but as one of the only teams not affiliated with a men’s club, a Durham win would provide the shock of the round. Not that … [Read more...] about Painter and decorator Lisa Robertson plotting FA cup upset with Durham: ‘We respect Chelsea but will not be intimidated’