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Highway Code
An online version of the official DSA highway code is FREE to read

The Highway Code is a list of the rules and regulations of the roads. All new drivers will need a good knowledge of the rules and regulations of the roads when they are driving. Having a good working knowledge of the highway code helps drivers make safe, legal decisions in every day driving situations.

The highway code is constantly updated as the rules and regulations change due to new roads, signs, legislation, research etc. The knowledge you gain from the highway code will need to be used for life and is not just something to read through to pass the theory test.

The free online highway code is available through the DirectGov website. Official DSA online Highway Code

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Reversing

19 Jun, 2013

Choose an appropriate place to manoeuvre. If you need to turn your vehicle around, wait until you find a safe place. Try not to...

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Road Junctions

12 Jun, 2013

Take extra care at junctions. You should watch out for cyclists, motorcyclists, powered wheelchairs/mobility scooters and pedestrians as they are not...

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Hot Weather

05 Jun, 2013

Keep your vehicle well ventilated to avoid drowsiness. Be aware that the road surface may become...

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Mirrors

15 May, 2013

All mirrors should be used effectively throughout your journey. You should use your mirrors frequently so that...

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High Speed Roads

08 May, 2013

Take special care on motorways and other high-speed dual carriageways: One or more lanes may be...

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Fitness to drive - Tiredness

24 Apr, 2013

Driving when you are tired greatly increases your risk of collision. To minimise this risk make sure you are...

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Vehicle towing and loading

17 Apr, 2013

Vehicle towing and loading. As a driver: You MUST NOT tow more than your licence...

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Parking at night

10 Apr, 2013

You MUST NOT park on a road at night facing against the direction of the traffic flow unless...

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Motorways - right-hand lane

03 Apr, 2013

The right-hand lane of a motorway with three or more lanes MUST NOT be used (except in prescribed circumstances) if you are...

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Hazard warning lights

27 Mar, 2013

These may be used when your vehicle is stationary, to warn that it is temporarily obstructing traffic. Never use them as an excuse for...

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Driving in icy and snowy weather; drive extremely carefully

23 Mar, 2013

Drive extremely carefully when the roads are icy. Avoid sudden actions as these could cause...

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Driving in icy and snowy weather; when driving

23 Mar, 2013

Drive with care, even if the roads have been treated. Keep well back from the road user in front as stopping distances can be...

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Driving in icy and snowy weather; before setting off

23 Mar, 2013

You MUST be able to see, so clear all snow and ice from all your windows. You MUST ensure that...

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Driving in icy and snowy weather

23 Mar, 2013

In winter check the local weather forecast for warnings of icy or...

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Motorcyclists and Cyclists - Observation

20 Mar, 2013

It is often difficult to see motorcyclists and cyclists, especially when they are coming up from behind, coming out of junctions, at roundabouts, overtaking you or...

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Signals

13 Mar, 2013

Signals warn and inform other road users, including pedestrians, of your intended actions. You should always...

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Extra Care

06 Mar, 2013

You should always drive in the left-hand lane when the road ahead is clear. If you are overtaking a number of slower-moving vehicles, you should...

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Motorway Lanes

28 Feb, 2013

You should always drive in the left-hand lane when the road ahead is clear. If you are overtaking a number of slower-moving vehicles, you should...

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Fitness to drive

20 Feb, 2013

You MUST be able to read a vehicle number plate, in good daylight, from a distance of 20 metres or 20.5 metres where the...

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Rules for Drivers and Motorcyclists - Towing & Loading

30 Jan, 2013

As a driver you MUST NOT tow more than your licence permits. If you passed a car test after 1 Jan 1997 you are restricted on...

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Rules for powered wheelchairs and mobility scooters

16 Jan, 2013

There is one class of manual wheelchair (called a Class 1 invalid carriage) and two classes of powered wheelchairs and...

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Rules for cyclists - roundabouts

16 Jan, 2013

Give plenty of room to long vehicles on the roundabout as they need more space to...

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Rules for motorcyclists

09 Jan, 2013

On all journeys the rider and pillion passenger on a motorcycle, scooter or moped MUST...

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Alcohol and drugs

01 Jan, 2013

Do not drink and drive as it will seriously affect your judgement and abilities. You MUST NOT drive with a breath alcohol level higher than...

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Motorways

26 Dec, 2012

Approaching a junction look well ahead for signals or...

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Breakdowns

19 Dec, 2012

If your vehicle breaks down, think first of all other road users and...

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Driving in adverse weather conditions

12 Dec, 2012

In adverse weather conditions before you set off...

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Official Highway Code App

24 Oct, 2012

The Highway Code is available to download as an app! Now we know this isn't particularly up to the minute news (the app was launched on 15th May this year).

However, many pupils revising for the Theory Test are unaware of this and one of the main complaints we hear from them is...

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Do I have to read the Highway Code?

Yes, all drivers, motorcyclists, lorry drivers etc. need to keep up to date with the changes, advice and legal requirements in the highway code. This is to ensure that they are safe legal drivers.

In relation to new drivers, it's essential that they learn as much as possible from the highway code. Not only will this help them whilst taking the theory test, learning to drive and taking the practical driving test, it will also ensure that they are safer road users throughout their lifetime.

If reading the Highway Code seems like a chore, there are plenty of Theory Test books and DVDs available to help. You can go through the Book and DVD tests and then refer to the Highway Code for the questions you get wrong or aren't sure about.

What are the most important parts of the highway code?

Everything in the highway code is important, whether it's advice or information. It is written using years of research, statistics and road law. In many ways, it is the most important read for new and experienced drivers, as it is designed to help them stay safe and legal on the ever changing road system.

Will my driving instructor help me with the highway code?

Yes, any good driving instructor should be able to answer any questions you have on the highway code.

Download Highway Code PDFs

Below you will find essential, downloadable highway code PDF files, which will help with the theory test, driving test and driving in general. These are basics that all road users must learn to stay safe and legal.

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