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Updated: Jun 11, 2020

Emerging at junctions

The Highway Code is fairly clear on this and you MUST give way to vehicles on the main road. This is becoming the norm to stop traffic on the main road in order to make your own progress and inconvenience others in the process. It's also highly dangerous as you are relying on the other drivers to stop.

Rule 172 The approach to a junction may have a ‘Give Way’ sign or a triangle marked on the road. You MUST give way to traffic on the main road when emerging from a junction with broken white lines across the road.

Parking on the right

Whilst not illegal in itself there are reasons why the Highway code suggests not parking on the right. In this video you can see why it's best to find a place to turn around and park with the flow of traffic. The conditions are poor and this driver may have been lucky I was driving at this time. Causing another driver to slow down means you have taken away the control of this situation.

Rule 239

Use off-street parking areas, or bays marked out with white lines on the road as parking places, wherever possible. If you have to stop on the roadside: do not park facing against the traffic flow.

Cutting corners

To help reduce your risk levels it's much safer to stay on your half of the road. This Pizza delivery rider was too quick to make a delivery and narrowly missed the front of our vehicle. Just a matter of seconds separated what could have been a very different outcome.

Rule 180 Wait until there is a safe gap between you and any oncoming vehicle. Watch out for cyclists, motorcyclists, pedestrians and other road users. Check your mirrors and blind spot again to make sure you are not being overtaken, then make the turn. Do not cut the corner. Take great care when turning into a main road; you will need to watch for traffic in both directions and wait for a safe gap.

Driving with due care and attention

144 You MUST NOT

  • drive dangerously

  • drive without due care and attention

  • drive without reasonable consideration for other road users.

This rule just about covers everything that's not mentioned before. Sometimes all that's needed is a little more time to assess the situation before executing your intended action.


This was shocking driving. Not only did this driver forget to park safely they endangered others by parking on a pedestrian crossing to make a delivery.

Rule 240

You MUST NOT stop or park on:

A pedestrian crossing, including the area marked by the zig-zag lines. Ask yourself. Is it safe? Is it legal? is it necessary?


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