Thousands of drivers unaware of ‘important’ new Highway Code rule
jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG Thursday 21st October 2021
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Thousands of drivers unaware of ‘important’ new Highway Code rule change to be introduced
Out of 10,000 people surveyed by IAM RoadSmart, 85 percent were unaware of the new Dutch Reach. The new driving law means drivers and passengers must use the hand furthest from the door to exit their vehicles.
This naturally ensures drivers and passengers are turned towards the window, making it difficult not to spot cyclists.
IAMRoadSmart said the new rule was “especially important” and have urged road users to familiarise themselves with the new policy.
Neil Greig, Director of Policy and Research at IAM RoadSmart said just using the mirrors are “ineffective” at stopping incidents.
He said: “Due to blind spots, dirt, glare, or improper adjustment, mirrors alone are ineffective in attempts to put the brakes on cycling injuries and fatalities caused by drivers and passengers exiting their vehicles.
“The Dutch Reach is also especially important for rear passengers, who of course don’t have the benefit of mirrors.”
The Dutch Reach will be mentioned under an updated Rule 239 in the ‘Waiting and parking’ chapter of the Highway Code.
The Code will make clear the new technique will mean drivers were more likely to “avoid cyclists”.
The new text will read: “You should open the door using your hand on the opposite side to the door you are opening, e.g. use your left hand to open a door on your right-hand side.
“This will make you turn your head to look over your shoulder.
“You are then more likely to avoid causing injury to cyclists or motorcyclists passing you on the road, or to people on the pavement.”
The new Highway Code updates will also introduce a new “hierarchy of road users” rule.
This means those who have the potential to do the greatest harm will be most responsible to reduce the danger to other road users.
According to IAMRoadSmart, the new rules mean drivers must now also give way to pedestrians when they are waiting to cross at a zebra crossing.
The new rule will also give priority to pedestrians and cyclists waiting to move at a parallel crossing.
Under the previous rules, drivers only had to stop their vehicles once a pedestrian had started to cross the road.
Mr Greig added: “IAM RoadSmart believes all road users should take equal responsibility for their safety on the roads and that the hierarchy may encourage some to take unnecessary risks.
“While the existing rule states drivers should watch out for pedestrians crossing a road into which you are turning and ‘if they have started to cross’, they have priority.
“The new code makes explicit that pedestrians and cyclists have priority when travelling straight ahead at junctions.”
The Department for Transport said this interim Highway Code review focusses on the most vulnerable groups.
They have not undertaken a full-scale revision of the Highway Code due to the development of new technologies which revolutionise the way people are travelling.
New version of Highway Code with greater protection & reassurance for vulnerable road users was published 7th September 2021
14 April 1931: the first edition of the Highway Code is published.
TOP TEN OF THE DAY
The UK’s Official TOP 40 Songs of the Summer 2021
Olivia Rodrigo’s year of chart domination continues as she claims the UK’s biggest song of the summer.
The UK has been rocking out to Olivia Rodrigo this summer, as her Number 1 smash Good 4 U claims the Official Song of Summer 2021, OfficialCharts.com can reveal.
The emo-pop-rock track logged 834,000 chart sales over the summer period, according to Official Charts Company data, tracking from the first week of June to the last week of August.
Olivia narrowly beats another huge summer Number 1 – Ed Sheeran’s Bad Habits – which logged 812,000 chart sales across the summer.
Good 4 U became Olivia’s second leader on the Official Singles Chart, hitting the top spot in the first week of June, and notching up a total of five weeks at the summit. Its reign at Number 1 was the longest for a rock-influenced song in 18 years, since Evanescence’s Bring Me To Life.
Four more tracks from the US star’s chart-topping debut album Sour – a collection about adolescence, failed romance and heartache released in June – dominate the summer Top 40: Traitor (13), Deja Vu (18), Drivers License (27), and Favourite Crime (32). View Olivia Rodrigo’s Official UK Chart history so far here.
Also sound-tracking the UK’s sunny(-ish) months is Save Your Tears by The Weeknd, which finishes in third after peaking at Number 2 in June thanks in part to a remix featuring Ariana Grande. Top 3 hits Heartbreak Anthem by Galantis, David Guetta and Little Mix (4), and Kiss Me More by Doja Cat ft. SZA (5) round out the Top 5.
As well as Olivia, pop-punk-rock continued to dominate in summer 2021 thanks to Italian band Måneskin. After winning the Eurovision Song Contest in May, the band went on to land two sizeable summer smashes. I Wanna Be Your Slave (6) and their rendition of Beggin’ (12) both enjoyed Top 10 success across July and August.
As always, this summer saw plenty of club-friendly bangers flourish on the Official Chart, with a quarter of the summer Top 40 made up of dance-pop. Big hits include Jonasu’s Black Magic (10), Joel Corry, Raye and David Guetta’s Bed (15), Becky Hill and Guetta’s Remember (16), Riton, Nightcrawlers, Mufasa and Hypeman’s Friday (25), and Majestic and Boney M’s Rasputin (37).
Elsewhere, this summer saw several rap artists score big on the Official Chart, including Lil Nas X’s chart-topping Montero (Call Me By Your Name) (7), and Tion Wayne & Russ Million’ Body (8) the UK’s first Number 1 drill single. Other popular tracks were Dave and Stormzy’s huge collaboration Clash (20), and Oliver Twist (23), the breakout hit from Brighton rapper ArrDee.
Official Songs of the Summer 2021
POS TITLE ARTIST PEAK
1 GOOD 4 U OLIVIA RODRIGO 1
2 BAD HABITS ED SHEERAN 1
3 SAVE YOUR TEARS WEEKND 2
4 HEARTBREAK ANTHEM GALANTIS/GUETTA/LITTLE MIX 3
5 KISS ME MORE DOJA CAT FT SZA 3
6 I WANNA BE YOUR SLAVE MANESKIN 5
7 MONTERO (CALL ME BY YOUR NAME) LIL NAS X 1
8 BODY TION WAYNE & RUSS MILLIONS 1
9 STAY KID LAROI & JUSTIN BIEBER 2
10 BLACK MAGIC JONASU 3
11 LEVITATING DUA LIPA 5
12 BEGGIN MANESKIN 6
13 TRAITOR OLIVIA RODRIGO 5
14 HOLIDAY KSI 2
15 BED JOEL CORRY/RAYE/DAVID GUETTA 3
16 REMEMBER BECKY HILL & DAVID GUETTA 3
17 BY YOUR SIDE CALVIN HARRIS FT TOM GRENNAN 9
18 DEJA VU OLIVIA RODRIGO 4
19 3 LIONS BADDIEL/SKINNER/LIGHTNING SEED 1
20 CLASH DAVE FT STORMZY 2
21 LITTLE BIT OF LOVE TOM GRENNAN 7
22 GOOD WITHOUT MIMI WEBB 8
23 OLIVER TWIST ARRDEE 6
24 LET’S GO HOME TOGETHER ELLA HENDERSON & TOM GRENNAN 10
25 FRIDAY RITON/NIGHTCRAWLERS/MUFASA 4
26 BLINDING LIGHTS WEEKND 1
27 DRIVERS LICENSE OLIVIA RODRIGO 1
28 OUR SONG ANNE-MARIE & NIALL HORAN 13
29 PEACHES JUSTIN BIEBER/CAESAR/GIVEON 2
30 DIDN’T KNOW TOM ZANETTI 14
31 HEAD & HEART JOEL CORRY FT MNEK 1
32 FAVORITE CRIME OLIVIA RODRIGO 17
33 HEAT WAVES GLASS ANIMALS 19
34 CONFETTI LITTLE MIX 9
35 FLY AWAY TONES & I 11
36 THE BUSINESS TIESTO 3
37 RASPUTIN MAJESTIC & BONEY M 11
38 HIGHER POWER COLDPLAY 12
39 RAPSTAR POLO G 3
40 ASTRONAUT IN THE OCEAN MASKED WOLF 12
By Rob Copsey ©2021 Official Charts Company. All rights reserved.
REMEMBER: The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.
– Nicolas Chamfort
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
Sing the song that only you can sing, write the book that only you can write, build the product that only you can build… live the life that only you can live. Naval Ravikant
Happiness is…reading the new highway code.
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
The easiest job in the world has to be coroner. What’s the worst thing that could happen? If everything goes wrong, maybe you’d get a pulse.
Love is…letting her take the tiller.
A time for only 2.3 million motor vehicles on British roads in 1934 the year of the 1st Highway code…A time for 38.6 million licensed vehicles on Great Britain’s roads in March 2021 just before the latest Highway code published.
1854 Florence Nightingale and a staff of 38 women volunteer nurses that she trained, were deployed to the Crimea, where the main British camp was based, fighting in the Crimean War. During her first winter at Scutari, ten times more soldiers died from illnesses such as typhus, typhoid, cholera and dysentery than from battle wounds. She had the sewers flushed and ventilation improved. Almost six months after her arrival death rates were sharply reduced.
1966 144 people, 116 of them children, were killed in the small Welsh mining village of Aberfan when tons of slush, from a nearby coal slag tip weakened by rain, slid downhill and engulfed the village school, a farm and a row of terraced houses. The tragedy occurred at the beginning of the school day and on the day before the school closed for the half-term holiday. The children are buried in Aberfan’s cemetery, on the hillside above the valley.
1975 Britain’s unemployment figure reached 1,000,000 for the first time since World War II.
1997 ‘Candle in the Wind’ – the re-working of the hit single Elton John sang live at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales, was declared the biggest selling single in music history.
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