Highway Code changes Changes are being introduced on January 29

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Only just read this. WhT next?
Every driver warned they face £200 fine and 6 points under Highway Code changes
Changes are being introduced on January 29 which mean motorists cannot take photos or videos, scroll through music playlists or play games while at the wheel
 
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This raises an interesting point.

With so many new cars now using software and a touch screen in the car to operate almost everything, which requires the drivers attention to search through menus or to find a point on a touch screen rather than a physical button, some basic adjustments might be classed as a felony.
 
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Travelling to Stockport a few weeks ago saw someone on his mobile phone and he was swerving all over the place with these new cameras on motorway M1 they might have got his number plate .
 
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No police on the roads to prevent this, no one reads the Highway code ok some of us on here but.... I watch them go by everyday on their phones watching TV, films on phones, texting, smoking weed, drinking alcohol ,I've even had a gentleman drive over with his side windows covered with blankets to avoid the sun, and some sadly medically incapable of driving so that they choose to drive on the wrong side of the road in error . So sadly I can't see these new rules making much difference unless a( the gov get out the old public info adverts and get them on TV, b) they get a huge campaign on our roads to catch the lunatics especially between 5.30 and 8.30 and 3.30- 6pm.
 
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Our dashcam constantly takes videos while I am at the wheel so I would gather this is exempt. Guess it is aimed at the rubber neackers at accident scenes who at all costs need to post the photos on a social media site for their friends to view. Never mind the fact that the photo could be very upsetting if it was a relative. of the person viewing the photo Online.
 
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This raises an interesting point.

With so many new cars now using software and a touch screen in the car to operate almost everything, which requires the drivers attention to search through menus or to find a point on a touch screen rather than a physical button, some basic adjustments might be classed as a felony.
Good point. The steering wheel buttons enable me to scroll through music lists, telephone numbers etc. OMG! I’ll be breaking the Law😉
 
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Good point. The steering wheel buttons enable me to scroll through music lists, telephone numbers etc. OMG! I’ll be breaking the Law😉
Problem is even with all the buttons mounted on the steering wheel, you still look at the screen even for a brief second to make sure that you have selected the correct setting. In addition, simply by the screen flashing is enough for you to take your eyes off the road. Travelling at 30mph how far will you travel in one second. At 70mph the distance covered in one second will be quite a bit.

Although the vehicle may have a warning system you still need to react. If you were watching the road, you may have anticipated that a pedestrian may step into the road in front of you and you are already reacting to that situation.

I agree that new cars have too many gadgets that can be distracting and are not making the car safer.
 
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What about the cars that have menu selection for basic control functions. Volvo XC40 recharge took 10 seconds whilst stationary with the reviewer pressing selections before he was able to change mode from screen to front vents. Safe…… I think not.

There are now roadside cameras in Australia fir two years that can photo drivers using mobiles. Trials are in hand here too 15000 drivers spotted so far. Post #22 describes

https://forums.practicalcaravan.com/threads/speed-limiters-could-be-launched-on-uk-cars-within-months-under-new-eu-rule.63798/#post-540651
 
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Another change coming in on the 29th is that of priority at uncontrolled junctions. Where a driver is about to turn left or right at a junction, pedestrians waiting to cross or cyclists take priority.
 
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Another change coming in on the 29th is that of priority at uncontrolled junctions. Where a driver is about to turn left or right at a junction, pedestrians waiting to cross or cyclists take priority.
This has been applicable in many other countries for years. We were taught this in SA way back in the sixties.
 
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Another change coming in on the 29th is that of priority at uncontrolled junctions. Where a driver is about to turn left or right at a junction, pedestrians waiting to cross or cyclists take priority.
There’s always been the aspect that drivers turning into or out of a road should give way to pedestrians crossing. Rarely happens when I cross the entrances or exits to local supermarket, or fuel station when I’m out on my walk. The new Highway Code guidance has levels of precedence similar to those used in some other countries. IE people, cyclists, horse riders etc up to large commercial. In some countries in the event of an accident the bigger road is automatically seen to be responsible unless they can prove otherwise. A nightmare for commercial drivers in cities with cyclist wizzing everywhere, and up the blind side.
 
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The other change to rule H2 Is for cyclists to ride in the middle of the lane, and not to the side. Ok if they are using lights on their bikes.
 
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Had I done this last week I'd have been a gonner. Approaching a toll bridge car driver looking down on his knees or somewhere, I assume trying to sort money rather than stop, and his mirror brushed me. SOOO close . When I caught up with him at the queue he had no idea he had even passed a bike. And I was full High viz and lights!!!
 
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As someone who dealt with the accidents I know that using a phone at all when driving is dangerous. There was a recent case of a lorry driver being jailed for searching for sex on his phone and causing a fatal accident so do be aware of the consequences. The worst I have come across was similar with a lorry driver being late for a timed delivery time at a supermarket depot and ringing to change the time. He failed to notice traffic ahead had stopped and slammed into the car ahead with fatal results.
Phones distract you and using them, even hands free, is too dangerous to even consider.
 
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As someone who dealt with the accidents I know that using a phone at all when driving is dangerous. There was a recent case of a lorry driver being jailed for searching for sex on his phone and causing a fatal accident so do be aware of the consequences. The worst I have come across was similar with a lorry driver being late for a timed delivery time at a supermarket depot and ringing to change the time. He failed to notice traffic ahead had stopped and slammed into the car ahead with fatal results.
Phones distract you and using them, even hands free, is too dangerous to even consider.
From 2000 to 2007 I worked for two private sector companies. Both provided company mobiles and the hands free kits for the cars. But both companies explicitly banned the use of the mobile when driving, and required it to be switched off, or to airplane mode.
 

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