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Driving Laws in the UK

In the U.K. you must drive on the left hand side of the road. If your are unaccustomed to driving on the left you must be particularly careful when you turn right as this may place your vehicle in the path of other traffic. At most road junctions, there will be a sign telling you whether to stop or Give Way. There might also be markings on the road (white dotted lines and a triangle). You must obey these signs. At roundabouts, you must give way to traffic coming from the right. Drive round in a clockwise direction and signal left as you approach your exit.

Seat Belts
Drivers and all passengers must wear seatbelts if they are fitted – both in the front and back of the vehicle. There are some exemptions for pregnant women but a special certificate must be obtained. Children under 1.35 meters tall or up to 12 years of age must use a properly fitted child’s car seat.

Accidents
If you are driving your vehicle and it is involved in an accident you must stop. You must give your name, address, insurance details and the registration number of your vehicle, to the other driver(s) involved. It will be to your benefit to obtain this information from the drivers of the other vehicles. If anyone is injured you must also inform the police.

Driving on the motorway
When you drive on the motorway and dual carriageways, keep left unless you are overtaking. Only use the hard shoulder in an emergency, and switch on your hazard warning lights. You can call for help from emergency phones located on the hard shoulder, situated every 1500m.
Motorways MUST NOT, be used by pedestrians, holders of provisional car or motorcycle driving licences unless exempt, riders of motorcycles under 50cc, cyclists and horse riders. Certain slow-moving vehicles and those carrying oversized loads (except by special permission), agricultural vehicles and most invalid carriages are also prohibited.

For a full comprehensive guide, visit the Government website and keep up to date with all the driving laws – https://www.gov.uk/browse/driving/highway-code-road-safety

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