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Key to the highway

If you’re learning to drive or plan to learn, you’ll know that the Highway Code plays an essential part in helping you pass your theory and practical test and become a better and safer driver. There are currently 307 rules listed in the Code which also apply to pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists and horse riders. Don’t be daunted by the number of rules as they are broken up into manageable sections, for example, traffic signs and signals, waiting and parking, and driving in adverse weather conditions. Much of the information is simply good common sense and you may be surprised how much you know. The Code is available in several formats. Print is still the most popular way to read it and handy to carry about for reference and revision. You can buy a copy at major bookshops or online (for around £3), but whatever format you choose, make sure you have the most recent version as it’s constantly being revised. You can also read, download and print the latest version for free on the GOV.UK website. The Code also has its own Facebook and Twitter pages, where you can keep up-to-date with the latest revisions and ask questions. Alternatively, it’s available in audiobook or you can download the official Highway Code app (around £4) to your smartphone for all the latest rules of the road at your fingertips and a useful ‘test yourself’ facility.