Whether you passed your driving test two years ago or 20 years ago, the rules of driving have changed and will continue to do so. As a driver, it’s important not only for the safety of yourself but for the other drivers on the road that you keep up to date with the latest changes. With more people opting to drive instead of taking public transport, it means there are more cars on the road than ever before, increasing the chances of having a road accident. To ensure that you are contributing to making the roads a safer place for everyone, it’s best to stay updated with any potential driving changes. We’re going to look at some of the recent changes to the rules of the road and #DrivingIn2019 by looking at this eBook from Kwik Fit.
Driving on the motorway
Up until recently, learner drivers were not allowed to drive on the motorway until they had their license but as of June 2018, this has now changed. With the new changes, learner drivers can now take to the motorway during their lessons but the driving instructor needs to decide if the learner driver is experienced enough and the car they’re driving is fitted with dual controls. Driving on the motorway during lessons isn’t mandatory and is not part of the driving test.
A failed mot test
If your vehicle fails its MOT test under the ‘dangerous’ category, you won’t be able to drive it as it will no longer be deemed road legal. If you are caught driving your vehicle after it has failed its MOT due to a dangerous fault, then you could end up with a £2,500 fine and also receive 3 points on your licence. There are some new items being tested during the MOT now, which include checking to see if the tyres are underinflated, the brake fluid is contaminated, any leaks that may pose a risk to the environment and also any problems with the brake pad warning lights.
Increase in car insurance premiums
It was reported that 54% of motorists who renewed their insurance between July and September 2018 saw an increase in their premium by at least £50 and 60% of UK drivers opted to stay with their current insurer instead of looking for an alternative. This was a significant increase to car insurance prices for the first time in 12 months, so if you are looking to renew your car insurance this year, it may be worth seeing which provider can offer you the best deal possible.
Changes to the highway code regarding cyclists
The Highway Code is set to change and will include a new rule regarding passing cyclists on the road. To avoid a £100 fine, make sure you leave enough of a gap when overtaking a cyclist. The new rule which is due to change this year specifies that there must be at least 1.5 meters between the driver and cyclist. Another potential change to the Highway Code regarding cyclists could see the ‘Dutch reach’ technique being introduced. This rule encourages drivers to open the car door using their hand that is furthest away from the handle, forcing them to turn and check behind for any cyclists that are nearby.
Hopefully this post will help you and others stay safe on the roads but always remember to keep up to date with any potential changes that may be happening when it comes to rules of the road.