New poll suggests one in five drivers haven’t picked one up for about 10 years!


Can you remember when the last time was that you picked up and looked at a copy of the Highway Code to scrub up on your road knowledge?

A new poll suggests that not many motorists do once they’ve passed their driving test, with one third confessing to not reading one since doing so.

Alarmingly, of the 22,000 motorists surveyed, one in five admitted that it had been around 10 years since they picked up a copy, despite the fact that it’s been updated 48 times over the past three years.

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When was the last time you looked at a copy of the Highway Code to keep up-to-date?

The roadworthiness quiz was conducted by Halfords Autocentres, who found that around 36% of motorists who took part in the survey admitted to never picking up a copy of the Highway Code since they passed their driving test which for some had been decades ago.

According to the survey, one in five said they’d not looked at a copy for over 10 years.

These findings may alarm road safety charities, as they could accuse motorists of potentially forgetting important laws that should be stuck to for safe driving on UK roads.

The Highway Code is updated regularly with new rules, technology and infrastructure that all drivers should be aware of.

According to DfT’s record, there have been 48 updates made to the Highway Code between 2015 to 2018, meaning many motorists in the UK are not as clued up on their driving knowledge as they could be.

Some of these updates are very important and should be known by all drivers, such as increased penalties for driving whilst using a handheld device (2017), changes to the MoT test (2018) and learner drivers now allowed lessons on motorways (2018).

As part of the survey, drivers were asked 11 questions associated with being on the road including what the legal tyre depth is, what to do if you see a lane closure sign on the motorway and whether it’s illegal to drive around with no window-washer fluid in your vehicle.

Highways England welcomed the survey, with head of road safety Richard Leonard, saying: “We want all drivers to arrive at their destinations safely, and we urge motorists to make sure they are ready for their journey by checking their vehicles beforehand.”

“This quiz will helpfully remind people about the importance of those checks,” added Mr Leonard.


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