highway code

The Highway Code just got updated – let’s get you up to speed

You know the basics of the Highway Code already – it’s basically the rulebook that details the conduct, practices and standards that drivers are expected to adhere to on British roads. Most of it is fairly obvious stuff, especially if you’ve been driving for a while and you’re no stranger to the best van deals, but it does get updated from time to time, so it’s worth checking back in on it occasionally. Happily, we’re saving you the bother this time, with the most recent update in September 2021.

How often does the Highway Code change?

Our roads (and the cars on them) are always evolving, so the Highway Code is constantly evolving to keep up, too. New rules are introduced a few times a year. For example, during the 2020, nothing new was added – largely because of the pandemic – but during 2019 and 2018 new rules were added 3 and 5 times respectively. Not all rules will be new, with some being altered or amended depending on frequent breaches, older rules being outdated or new conditions that need additional attention.

What are the new changes that impact van drivers?

As we’ve touched on above, most of the changes outlined are probably a matter of common sense. (Not reversing down the motorway, for example.) However, others you might be prone to breaking more often than you’d like to admit – poor sleeping patterns are a pretty endemic problem for our industry! Also, don’t forget that many of these rules, if breached, can be punished by fines and points on your license. These new rules are:

If you need to read up on a little more detail, you can always visit the official Highway Code site – it’s a bit more authoritative than us! If you’re looking for the best van deals on the other hand, you’re in exactly the right place. At Van Discount, we offer some of the best van deals on the market, and regularly save our customers an average of 40% off the cost of a new van – often equating to thousands of pounds off leading brands like Citroen, Renault, Vauxhall and Ford. For more information, contact our team of experts!