This article reports on a recent snap survey of British motorists, which revealed a widespread ignorance of the Highway Code, the standard text on safe driving in the UK. 100 car owners were questioned at random at the Clacket Lane service station on the M25 motorway and in Brighton town centre. They struggled to score more than five out of ten in the test. A magistrate trying traffic offences scored only five, and a businessman driving to a conference scored only one. Even the policeman questioned score nine instead of ten; he only rarely met the situation for which the question that he answered wrong was relevant. Many of the drivers refused to answer the questions. Concern at the result has been expressed by the British School of Motorists (BSM), the Automobile Association (AA), the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), and the Driving Standards Agency (DSA). The opinions expressed by their spokesmen include the views that: (1) most drivers are too complacent to keep up to date their knowledge of the Code, and do not appreciate how much it changes with time; (2) the Highway Code should be replaced by an update of vital road safety principles; and (3) the problem is increasing with the number of road signs, so that drivers should keep an up-to-date version of the Code handy. The article lists the ten questions, their correct answers, and the number of drivers who knew them.

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    LONDON,   United Kingdom  W1P 5FF
  • Authors:
    • GLASKIN, M
  • Publication Date: 2000-8-9


  • English

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 35-6
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  • Accession Number: 00799827
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Oct 6 2000 12:00AM