Quiz: How well do you know recent Highway Code changes?

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The Highway Code will never rank as a right riveting read. So it’s possibly no surprise that a third say they haven’t read the rules of the road since passing their driving test. And according to Halfords Autocentres’ research one in five haven’t read it for at least 10 years.

But while the Highway Code is hardly a page turner, it is vital drivers keep up to date with it. Our road environment, not to mention the technology aboard our cars, is changing at an astonishing rate. And the Highway Code is updated on a rolling basis to reflect this. Between 2015 and 2018, the rules of the road have been updated 48 times. Take our quiz to find out how up to date you are.

10 recent Highway Code changes

Results

On the multiple choice section of the Driving Theory Test, the pass mark is 86 per cent. But we like to test our readers so we’ve made it a little harder. That means you’re better than you need to be to pass your test. Well done!

Oh dear… How long is it since you passed your test? And when did you last have a look at the Highway Code? It’s probably time you did so again!

#1 The number of penalty points for using a mobile phone while you’re driving is now…

Afraid you need to check your Highway Code and try again.

#2 The law around MOTs has changed. Now cars and motorbikes etc… don’t need to pass the MOT if…

You must have been distracted by the lovely Rolls-Royce in the picture. Afraid you need to check your Highway Code and try again.

#3 A law has been added about in-car driver assistance systems. It states:

Afraid it’ll be a few years before the car does all the driving. Check your Highway Code and try again.

#4 The law now says provisional licence holders can drive on motorways if…

If you’re a learner driver, please don’t go on the motorway until you’ve checked your Highway Code and tried again.

#5 The speed limit for vehicles of more than 7.5 tonnes (max laden weight) changed in 2015. What is it?

Check your Highway Code and you’ll know if that truck that passed you was speeding or not.

#6 It is an offence to smoke in a motor vehicle

Before lighting up, you need to check your Highway Code and try again!

#7 The wording about throwing litter out of cars now says…

Afraid you need to check your Highway Code and try again.

#8 The amount drivers can be fined for breaking the law on the road

Break the law and you could be in for a nasty surprise. Check your Highway Code and try again.

#9 The New Drivers’ Act states drivers can have their licence revoked if…

Afraid you need to check your Highway Code and try again.

#10 New powers were given to Driver Vehicle Standards Agency and Traffic Officers. They can now…

You could be in for a nasty surprise. It’s worth checking your Highway Code.

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