5 things every driver should know

Three road signs. First, a triangle shaped road sign indicating that the road gets narrower on both sides. Below that, a rectangle shaped road sign that says, ‘reduce speed now’. Below that, a circle shaped road sign that says ‘50’, indicating the speed limit.

It’s important to know what all UK road signs mean

With regular updates to The Highway Code and new motoring laws introduced all the time, it can be difficult to keep up with all the latest rules of the road. But, 1st CENTRAL has listed five things every driver should know, regardless of what laws are introduced.  


1. Road signs 

Do you know road signs as well as you think?  

Everyone knows what the no U-turn sign looks like, but do you know what a minimum speed limit sign looks like or the difference between a no stopping and a no waiting sign? 

Many drivers think they know road signs well, but you might be unaware of less common signs.  


2. Basic vehicle maintenance 

Every driver should prioritise making simple maintenance checks and learning how to spot problems with their car.

Knowing how to make small but important fixes to your car can go a long way. For example, having the confidence to top up your oil means you can do it yourself instead of taking the time to book your car in at a garage. 

You can also save time and money – and get out of difficult situations – by learning how to do something as simple as changing a tyre.  


3. How to drive in different weather conditions  

It may seem obvious, but different weather conditions require different driving techniques.  

Driving in heavy rain on a motorway is very different to driving in snowy conditions on a winding country lane. That’s why, although 

it’s hard to predict the weather, so you should be aware of how to drive in all conditions, and on all types of roads.  


4. Road etiquette 

It’s important to remain calm and collected when driving, while making sure you follow commonly accepted road etiquette. There are several things that are accepted as ‘rules of the road’ without actually being the law – it’s just good practice.  

The act of letting someone merge into the flow of traffic is not actually required by law, but doing so is considered good etiquette.  

The action is often rewarded by a hand wave or light flash, also not a legal requirement, but you risk the wrath of a fellow driver if you fail to acknowledge their kind gesture.  


5. Facts about your car 

Knowing a few simple facts about your car can be very useful.  

Having information on what’s covered by your insurance, when your car was last serviced, and other simple facts can really help you out if something goes wrong with your car or if you get into an accident. 

If you want to know more about driving in different weather conditions, check out our blog on tips for driving in windy weather. 


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