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The Official Highway Code [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Department for Transport , Driving Standards Agency , HMSO
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28 Sep 2007
Essential reading for all road-users in England, Scotland and Wales. This updated edition of the only official Highway Code contains the very latest rules of the road. Many of these rules are legal requirements and must be adhered to in order to avoid penalty - fines, penalty points, disqualification or even prison. All road users need to be aware of the new rules. The rules also include a reference to the legislation that creates the offence. The Official Highway Code reflects the most up-to-date legislation that road-users must adhere to, advice on road safety, and best practice.

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  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Stationery Office Books; New Ed edition (28 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0115528148
  • ISBN-13: 978-0115528149
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 11.2 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (642 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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No serious driver should be without a copy [The Official Highway Code] in their glovebox. -- Driving Magazine February 2008

About the Author

The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) is an executive agency of the Department for Transport. Information on road casualties is available on the Department for Transport website The DSA aims to promote road safety through improving driving standards, testing drivers and riders fairly and efficiently, maintaining the registers of Approved Driving Instructors and Large Goods Vehicle Instructors and Post Test Motorcycle Trainers as well as supervising basic training for learner motorcyclists.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By David
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have to admit its more than 30 years since I did my basic test, and 25 since I did an advanced test with the IAM. At that point I knew the highway code thoroughly. But things have changed: trams, mobile phones, sat navs, highway agency, active traffic management and adverse weather - It was always sunny in the old days.

I have just started working towards doing another advanced test (this time with ROSPA) and want to be fully acquainted with rules of the road - hence the purchase.
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466 of 518 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thin on characters, but great plot 5 Jun 2011
This was a reluctant purchase; having committed a heinous crime, (38 in a 30 limit) and wishing to avoid three points, I was sentenced to four hours of "Death By PowerPoint," sometimes called a "Speed Awareness Course." I could argue that I was well aware of what speed was beforehand - awareness wasn't the problem, it was sheer carelessness, but we'll let that pass. However, as part of the punishment, I had to fork out for an up-to-date copy of this excellent book. (You might think that as the accompanying fine - sorry, "fee" - was £80, they'd include it, but no.)

Although the course referred only three times, and very briefly, to this great work of English literature, I found I was immediately hooked and absorbed, not so much by the characters, but certainly by the plot. The characters seem somewhat two-dimensional, although the author places them with some skill into a variety of different, and in some cases jolly dangerous, scenarios!

I won't spoil things for you by revealing the plot, but be assured it has so many twists and turns, you'll be left as stunned as I was at the plotmaster's ingenuity. Sometimes, you'll feel as if the characters are heading up a one-way street, then perhaps into a cul-de-sac or over a hump-back bridge, but somehow they manoeuvre their way out and merge back into the mainstream with little more than a glance over the shoulder, a look in the mirror, and a smooth prod of the "loud" pedal... sometimes in a roundabout way, (giving way to other characters approaching from the right) but often more directly, too.

Definitely a book for those sleepless nights or long plan journeys; thrilling, edge-of-seat stuff that I recommend highly. My deep thanks to Amazon for inviting me to offer my review of "The Highway Code."
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good for what it is 23 April 2011
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if your more of a book person than a computer user then this book is good to learn your signs and general highway code. you will still need to use the cd rom to know enough to pass the test. but for 1.50 its grest value for some extra revision.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Kindle Edition 22 May 2013
By Nico
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I bought the kindle edition and I'm a bit disappointed. The layout hasn't been tweaked to fit the kindle display...
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A must for all drivers 24 Feb 2012
By tunna2
A very informative booklet,

A lot of drivers could do with buying and re-reading this booklet

Warning once read may lead to improved and courteous driving at islands and junctions
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44 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Serious value for money 24 Jun 2008
As has been mentioned - all drivers should have a copy of this book as it lays out very simply exactly what you should and shouldn't do in most situations on the road.
So many of us drive, ride or use the roads and we need to understand the ground rules - for less than the price of a pint, you can use it to dazzle your team-mates in pub quizzes, or settle those perennial arguements (what is the speed limit for a van on a dual carraigeway anyway?).
It's an absolute bargain - so if you find yourself frustrated by modern road designs and signs, or get confused by how to deal with some of the strange new junctions - get a copy.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful wee book 21 Feb 2009
By Molen
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Great wee book I bought for my Granddaughter as she is now taking driving lessons. Previously bought her the cd but this is far more useful. Great delivery.
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47 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for ALL DRIVERS!!! 29 Oct 2007
It is evident that most drivers on the road either have lost the ability to read, or they're completely ignorant and simply cannot be bothered to be knowledgeable of the current rules and laws of the roads and road safety. Just for learners indeed! RUBBISH! If drivers simply took the time to have a look through this simple guide, people would be aware of the simple things such as when you can and cannot use a bus lane, and which lane you are supposed to be in when using a roundabout, and the list goes on.

I simply believe that ALL drivers should have a copy of The Highway Code and be up to date with road safety and the laws. Then some of these pretty pictures on grey poles on the sides of roads may actually make sense to the dim witted behind the wheel, and no longer wonder why they get nasty looks and unsociable hand signals from other drivers.
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