Rule 144 of The Highway Code says:
You MUST NOT
- drive dangerously
- drive without due care and attention
- drive without reasonable consideration for other road users.
As a driver it’s your responsibility to look out for vulnerable road users. The main things you can do to show consideration for other road users include [list not exhaustive]:
1. Slow down! You can never control the consequences if you speed.
2. Always pay attention and stay alert. One lapse can last a lifetime.
3. Always drive slowly around children, around schools and where there are ‘children crossing’ warning signs. But remember – children can appear from anywhere!
4. Be patient around older pedestrians and allow them plenty of time to cross.
5. Remember, The Highway Code says you MUST give way to pedestrians who have started to cross.
6. Always watch out for pedestrians, especially those walking home after a night out. They’ve done the right thing and left the car behind.
7. Always give cyclists plenty of room, especially child cyclists.
8. Take another look for motorcyclists at junctions and roundabouts – they could be approaching faster than you think.
9. Always check mirrors and blind spots carefully.
10. Always be aware of motability scooters. Give them plenty of room and take extra care.
11. Always pass horses and their riders wide and slowly and treat all horses as a potential hazard.
12. Always be aware of other drivers and expect the unexpected.
13. Take extra care around older drivers. Their reactions may be slower than other drivers.
14. Also take extra care around other new or learner drivers. Give them plenty of space and patience.
These are just a few tips, the list is not exhaustive. Download your FREE Highway Code to remind yourself of more ways to Share the Road.
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