General highway code basic driving rules, do you know them? 23/06/16

Anyone who has been driving for a while may have forgotten the basics they were taught during their driving lessons. The Highway code of course covers all the rules of the road, but did you know that it even covers the most basic of driving techniques?

Following these rules can help you become a better driver and even reduce the likelyhood of you having an accident.

Check whether you are using the correct driving technique or if you have picked up any bad habits by looking at the Highway codes 'General rules' shown below.

Before you move off you should

  • Use all mirrors to check the road is clear

  • Look round to check the blind spots (the areas you are unable to see in the mirrors)

  • Signal if necessary before moving out

  • Look round for a final check

  • Check your blind spot before moving off

  • Move off only when it is safe to do so

Once you are moving you should

  • Keep to the left, unless road signs or markings indicate otherwise. The exceptions are when you want to overtake, turn right or pass parked vehicles or pedestrians in the road

  • Keep well to the left on right-hand bends. This will improve your view of the road and help avoid the risk of colliding with traffic approaching from the opposite direction

  • Drive with both hands on the wheel where possible. This will help you to remain in full control of the vehicle at all times

  • Be aware of other road users, especially cycles and motorcycles who may be filtering through the traffic. These are more difficult to see than larger vehicles and their riders are particularly vulnerable. Give them plenty of room, especially if you are driving a long vehicle or towing a trailer

  • Select a lower gear before you reach a long downhill slope. This will help to control your speed

  • When towing, remember the extra length will affect overtaking and manoeuvring. The extra weight will also affect the braking and acceleration


All mirrors should be used effectively throughout your journey.

  • use your mirrors frequently so that you always know what is behind and to each side of you

  • use them in good time before you signal or change direction or speed

  • be aware that mirrors do not cover all areas and there will be blind spots so you should always look round and check

Remember: Mirror - Signal - Manoeuvre

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