Weird and Wonderful Highway Code Rules

Posted on 30th Mar 2022 by Liz Jacques Posted in: Just For Fun

Odd Items from the Highway Code

Following the important, and as it turned out, relatively controversial, updates to the UK’s Highway Code at the end of January, we decided to take a look at the whole code and route you out the weirdest and most interesting pieces of information in there!

Did you know these little driving gems?!…

Rule 16

Moving vehicles. You MUST NOT get onto or hold onto a moving vehicle.

Not sure any of us need this one spelling out (although let’s admit it – we’re all thinking about the glorious scene in Back to the Future when Marty hitches a ride on his hoverboard!)

People stood on the back bumper of a lorry

Rule 25

Toucan crossings are light-controlled crossings which allow cyclists and pedestrians to share crossing space and cross at the same time. They are push-button operated. Pedestrians and cyclists will see the green signal together. Cyclists are permitted to ride across.

You might already know about Pelican and Puffin crossings, but did you honestly know there were Toucans too?!

Pedestrian crossing signal, green man and bike

Rule 58

Animals being herded. These should be kept under control at all times. You should, if possible, send another person along the road in front to warn other road users, especially at a bend or the brow of a hill. It is safer not to move animals after dark, but if you do, then wear reflective clothing and ensure that lights are carried (white at the front and red at the rear of the herd).

Did you know herding animals was in the Highway Code? And according to the rules, at night there should be a red light at the rear… We wonder if they make sheep tail lights. 

Herd of sheep walking on road

Rule 98

Before towing. As a driver you MUST NOT tow more than your licence permits. If you passed your car driving test on or after 1 January 1997, you are restricted on the weight of trailer you can tow.

When you passed your test determines the weight you are allowed to tow!

Car towing a caravan

Rule 102

Children in cars, vans and other goods vehicles. Drivers who are carrying children in cars, vans and other goods vehicles should also ensure that…

  • children should get into the vehicle through the door nearest the kerb
  • child restraints are properly fitted to manufacturer’s instructions
  • children do not sit behind the rear seats in an estate car or hatchback, unless a special child seat has been fitted
  • the child safety door locks, where fitted, are used when children are in the vehicle
  • children are kept under control

 The last point in this rule certainly made those of us with children chuckle. We’re wondering what would be classed as out of control?!

Children playing in the back seat of a car

Rule 110

Flashing headlights. Only flash your headlights to let other road users know that you are there. Do not flash your headlights to convey any other message or intimidate other road users.

Did you know that the Highway code actually specifies there is only one use for flashing your headlights? So, no more morse code light messages then!

Cars at night with headlights on

Rule 112

The horn. Use only while your vehicle is moving and you need to warn other road users of your presence. Never sound your horn aggressively. You MUST NOT use your horn

  • while stationary on the road
  • when driving in a built-up area between the hours of 1​1.30 pm and 7.00 am

except when another road user poses a danger.

The next time that waiting taxi wakes up your baby or disturbs your lie-in, you may wish to calmly remind them that it is against the highway code!

Person with hand on horn on steering wheel

Rule 116

Hazard warning lights. These may be used when your vehicle is stationary, to warn that it is temporarily obstructing traffic. Never use them as an excuse for dangerous or illegal parking. You MUST NOT use hazard warning lights while driving or being towed unless you are on a motorway or unrestricted dual carriageway and you need to warn drivers behind you of a hazard or obstruction ahead. Only use them for long enough to ensure that your warning has been observed.

That’s another rule that after a quick survey in the office we realised no one actually knew.

Person setting out warning triangle behind car

Rule 147

Be considerate. Be careful of and considerate towards all types of road users, especially those requiring extra care.

Including: do not allow yourself to become agitated or involved if someone is behaving badly on the road. This will only make the situation worse. Pull over, calm down and, when you feel relaxed, continue your journey.

Read the ‘including’ point again and try not to raise your eyebrows! “do not allow yourself to become agitated if someone is behaving badly on the road” …We know it’s right, but we feel agitated just reading this one!

Person driving looking annoyed

Rule 148

Safe driving and riding needs concentration. Avoid distractions when driving or riding such as

  • loud music (this may mask other sounds)
  • trying to read maps
  • starting or adjusting any music or radio
  • arguing with your passengers or other road users

This is another rule that may be right, but we’re not sure there’s many couples or families that have managed a long journey without doing at least one of these things!

People singing in a car

While every rule is undoubtedly important, we had great fun reading through and finding these funny, unusual or hard-to-avoid regulations, we hope you enjoyed them too!

This year’s Highway Code updates will affect how you should drive – do read up on the latest rules and regulations on the government website.

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