Highway code (when was the last time you read it)

Started by: aitch (5487) 

I am 67 still drive and still read my highway code, I buy a new one every year because the rules are changed constantly, When I was bus driving we had to read the updated regulations board every morning to keep pace with the change in statutes regarding road usage. Now although a lot of new rules are in force, a lot of the old ones are still in use, one which springs to mind is parking on the pavement, it is still an offence, and yet how many cars, vans and even lorries are parked on the pavement, in most cases making people walk into the road to pass especially with prams. What are your thoughts on this and can you name any other laws which are constantly broken.

Started: 19th Nov 2006 at 01:01

Posted by: ©art© (6154)

Why buy, when you can get it Here

Replied: 19th Nov 2006 at 01:16

Posted by: tonker (25248) 

When you drive up to a crossroads wanting to turn right, and another car is coming towards you also wanting to turn right, would you a) treat it as a 'traffic island' and pass on drivers side, or b) turn in front of the oncoming vehicle, expecting him to do the same? This is demonstrated on chapter 157 of the site to which Art has just, very kindly, provided us with the link. It says 'you have a choice of two methods'. Now, if one driver opts for the 'keep left' method and the other driver opts for the 'cut infront' method, there's going to be an accident. I think there should be one method only, to avoid confusion. Over to you ......

Replied: 19th Nov 2006 at 02:20

Posted by: ©art© (6154)

Surely, over to:

If either method is used at speed & an accident occurs, then both drivers are idiots. Looking closely at "157". Just check on the road markings to differentiate between the action to take

Turning right to right:

Turning left to left:

Replied: 19th Nov 2006 at 09:43
Last edited by ©art©: 19th Nov 2006 at 09:58:26

Posted by: aitch (5487) 

Art its only a couple of pound and easier to carry than a lap top computer, I was always taught that you needed to have the highway code with you in the vehicle and not all can afford a lap top, and I did access that highway code site it is good and while I was on I tried the theory test for hgv and pcv scored 31 out of 35, failed on European documentation questions, but have never driven abroad so wasn't up to scratch on them.

Replied: 19th Nov 2006 at 16:13

Posted by: reddi8 (1107)

When I went on a course for doing 34mph in a 30 area instead of getting points. I didn`t know all the different crossings and lots of signs I was totally out of my depth. I took my test 44 years ago and never looked at my Highway code since.

Replied: 19th Nov 2006 at 16:35

Posted by: empress (9667) 

Thats a crackin question. If I took the highway code tick test they do now, I think I'd likely fail.Most of us drive on auto pilot , and I know I never check to see if any regulations have changed.

Replied: 19th Nov 2006 at 21:50

Posted by: tonker (25248) 

The crossroads proceedure came to mind because of the number of accidents at Ashton Cross during the five o'clock charge. And it's gone worse, since they've blocked off yet another access route from the East Lancs. Road, at Haydock, to Ashton.

Replied: 19th Nov 2006 at 23:15

Posted by: aitch (5487) 

Did a small check with a few of my mates and relatives , and the overriding consensus is that after people passed their driving test, the majority threw away the highway code under the impression that they knew it all, and that things would never change. I must say that if I had not been a professional driver for most of my working life, I don't think I would have kept a copy of the code, It was only that I had to keep up with changes, that I kept a copy and once you get into the habit it gets hard to break off.

Replied: 19th Nov 2006 at 23:57

Posted by: ©art© (6154)

Same here Aitch.
Hackney license (pre hairy armpit,string vest, baseball cap era),Heavy goods, followed by Ambulance Service (including an intensive advance driving course,on the police service Advanced Drivers manual "The system of car control")
Long time ago, but mud sticks, as does knowledge

Replied: 20th Nov 2006 at 00:59

Posted by: harold (inactive)

Its always advisable to pass driver to driver but at some cross roads its not possible.

Replied: 20th Nov 2006 at 05:50

Posted by: christi (206)

hi.aitch, Were you a bus driver when the first one man buses came to wigan?

Replied: 20th Nov 2006 at 09:04

Posted by: aitch (5487) 

Christi, yes I was, I was om the buses twice the first time straight onto driving, second time had to do 6months as a clippie, what an experience that was although I had a cracking driver,also did coach driving, lorry driving, van driving, but my last job was buses, finished on medical grounds in 93, but by that time the job had gone to the dogs, never been on a bus since.

Replied: 20th Nov 2006 at 09:29

Posted by: christi (206)

I rarely go on the buses now but how I miss the conductors! Struggling with my grandchild's buggy and a bag. When my children were young the was allways a "clippe" that would readily jump of the bus and help (even with a smile) and sometimes they even stopped at your seat for a brief chat!! My ex husband was a driver from about 1967. (Graham Lowe)?

Replied: 20th Nov 2006 at 09:47

Posted by: aitch (5487) 

The name Graham Lowe seems familiar but I cant put a face to the name. There were quite a few Lowes worked at Melverley street when I was there, one who springs to mind is Joe, I yhink he still works there, as regards conducting my main routes were the Beech hill ones,625,626.

Replied: 20th Nov 2006 at 10:01

Posted by: coccium (2569) 

Passed my driving test in April 1958, also passed heavy goods class one also advanced motorist,and passed a rolls royce chauffeurs course. As for the highway code, today what you need driving the highways and byeways of this country is a 50 ton tank to be safe from some of the morons that have been let loose in motor cars.They are mostly young kids who think they know how to drive fast and don't bother about other road users.I live on a estate and come 4-30 onwards the roads around Hawkley Hall resembles Brands Hatch. Is it any wonder when you pick up a newspaper the headlines say horrific crash six dead in two car pile up you can put money on it some of them are below the age of twenty one.And its not only the lads, some of the young girl drivers are as bad. And empress says you drive on auto pilot, then if you do your heading for a pile up,think about what you are doing constantly when you are behind the wheel, and keep your eyes on the other road users and you wont go far wrong.

Replied: 20th Nov 2006 at 13:27

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Replied: 20th Nov 2006 at 13:35
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Posted by: ©art© (6154)

Was the bloke who lived in Standish called Lyon,a tall chap ramrod straight?
The Ribble bus garage, when I worked for Middleton & Woods, was at the side of the mortuary & taxi garage, behind Harry Williams Ford showroom, in Miry Lane. That was 'til '67 when M&W moved across the road to Egerton House

Replied: 20th Nov 2006 at 14:07

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Replied: 20th Nov 2006 at 14:33
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Posted by: mollie m (6463) 

I know what Empress means about driving on auto-pilot. Sometimes, when I've had a particulary gruelling day at work, I can drive home over Martland Mill and then when I get home I wonder how I got there. I'm convinced my darling old Cortina, when I had her, knew the way and she would never have brought harm to me. I know at times I've wondered if I've gone through a red light, but I think when you've been driving for so many years you can actually be on auto-pilots whilst still being very much aware of your surroundings. But Coccium's right. You have to keep your eyes on the road but most importantly, watch out for the mad b*gg*rs that don't give a monkey's.

Replied: 20th Nov 2006 at 16:23


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