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Less than a quarter of drivers read the Highway Code after passing their test

In an online survey of 400 road users, only 23% said they had read the Highway Code since they passed their practical driving test. 

In response, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has been encouraging drivers to sign up to receive reminders and updates about the Highway Code on email or social media. It has also now updated the online version of the Highway Code to make it easier to find rules and see recent changes.

It added that the majority of people who receive updates from the Highway Code say they have used the roads differently since signing up to receive alerts, and 80% said their knowledge had improved. 

Transport Minister, Lord Ahmad, said: “The Highway Code is essential reading for all road users – not just those who are learning to drive. It’s now easier than ever to keep up to date with the Highway Code and the rules of the road.

“Making sure all road users keep their skills and knowledge up to date will help to keep Britain’s roads amongst the safest in the world.” 

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.