DRIVERS will have to follow new guidance coming out next year designed to keep more people safe on the road.
Updates to the Highway Code will apply from January 2022 – here’s what you need to know.
The government today confirmed that the changes will come into effect from the new year.
Edmund King, AA president, said the update was essential with encouraging more “active travel” and the delivery boom among cyclists.
“The upcoming changes to the Highway Code are a reminder that all road users have a responsibility to look after each other, especially the most vulnerable: people on the road,” he said. pedestrians, cyclists, other two-wheelers and horse riders.
“There are some significant changes being made, such as the right-of-way when turning on or off a side road.
“Since most people don’t read the Highway Code once they’ve passed their test, all motorists will need to make sure they’ve read and understood the new rules before they go into effect. January.”
The updated highway code will apply from January 29, 2022.
You can read the full changes in the government’s newly updated Highway code on gov.uk’s page.
These are the main rule changes you need to be aware of.
Changing the “hierarchy” of road users
There will be a “hierarchy of road users” in the new version of the Highway Code.
The pyramid would be based on the idea that the people who could cause the greatest harm – for example, the truck driver – had the greatest responsibility to avoid hurting others.
Pedestrians, and especially children, the elderly and other vulnerable people, will come out on top.
Following them are cyclists, horse riders, motorcyclists and cars, with trucks, HGVs and buses at the bottom.
In general, the bigger and heavier you are. the more responsibility you have to those who are smaller and more vulnerable than you are.
It means it will be clearer who is at fault, even though there are no new offenses under the guidelines.
The intent if the changes were to make the rules clearer in writing – for example, where the rules were previously said to provide a safe distance for riders to overtake, now it says It’s clear what that distance is.
Bicyclists traveling straight ahead will have priority at the intersection over those turning in, out, or changing lanes.
Bicyclists will be asked to yield to pedestrians on shared bike paths.
There are also instructions for safe passing distances and speeds.
The new code states that motorists must not exceed the speed limit of 20 km/h.
Electric vehicle drivers should park near the charging point and avoid cables that jeopardize the ride.
The Highway Code has run to over 150 pages with over 300 rules.
Make way for the law of the road
Updated highway codes clearly show exactly who has priority on the road.
The rule should come as no surprise, but drivers should give way to cyclists in the bike lane, even if they’re approaching behind you.
You should be prepared to stop and wait for a safe distance to enter while cyclists are approaching before crossing the track.
Cyclists don’t necessarily need to use bike lanes – they can also ride on the regular road – so be mindful of driving safely when Britons ride a bike.
You should also yield to cyclists when they want to change direction or change lanes and you should not cut them off.
Turn into an intersection
Just as you won’t cross another vehicle when turning into or out of an intersection, the new rules state motorists cannot cross a cyclist, horseback or carriage in the same way.
This applies to cyclists or riders or riders who are using bike lanes – you should still yield to them regardless.
Traffic should also give way to pedestrians waiting to cross the street at the junction.
Slow traffic rules
When you’re stuck in traffic or moving slowly, the new rules say you should allow pedestrians to cross in front of you.
That means pedestrians crossing the street must get permission from the driver to do so.
This rule also applies to cyclists who want to cross the street.
Driving on a roundabout
Bicyclists also have priority when approaching the roundabout.
The new rules say you should give way to cyclists because they drive slower than people in cars.
You should give them plenty of space and not try to overtake them in their lane.
You should also give them room to move across your path as they go around the roundabout.
Flash your lights
In the past, the rules stated that you couldn’t wave or use a horn to invite a pedestrian to cross a zebra crossing.
Your horn has now been added to the list.
You should also not accelerate as this can pose a threat to pedestrians.
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