The Highway Code: Key changes you need to be aware of

5th May

With a number of drivers still unaware of major changes to the Highway Code which came into force on 29 January 2022, we’ve produced this handy guide to the key points that will affect you.

Motorists and commercial vehicle drivers now have to follow the new risk-based hierarchy of road users, meaning they have more responsibility to watch out for people cycling, walking or riding a horse, and cyclists have more responsibility to be aware of pedestrians.

Key changes to be aware of include:

  • Drivers must leave a distance of at least 1.5 metres when overtaking cyclists
  • Drivers turning into a road should give way to pedestrians waiting to cross

There is also a recommendation for car users to reduce the risk of opening a door into the path of a cyclist by using the hand on the opposite side to the door. This will often lead drivers to look over their shoulder and see if anyone is approaching the vehicle. Often known as the Dutch Reach technique, this method can help avoid collisions and protect drivers being struck by an oncoming vehicle.

It's important that drivers are aware of these new rules now they have been implemented. These changes affect everyone, so we encourage people to read the updated code now so we can make our roads safer.

At the AA, keeping drivers up to date with the latest rules of the road is extremely important to how we work. We’re always here for drivers and will support them every step of the way so if you need extra guidance, reach out and we will advise you on the new Highway Code.

Safe driving!

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