The most surprising motoring rules from across the world
Driving laws vary across the globe and while most are there to keep other road users safe and to make the roads a less dangerous place, some rules seem very bizarre and unusual, especially to UK drivers.
Here we take a look at some which caught our eyes.
Texting while driving safely - The impossible task!
With the dangers of mobile phone use while driving, and the laws to combat the behaviour, seemingly a constant fixture in the news these days, it's crazy that some people still think it's an okay thing to do.
To highlight the dangers of texting while driving, a test facility for learner drivers in Brussels, Belgium incorporated a brand new element to the driving test for one day only - the text test!
Tips for keeping your cool when driving in the city
Schemes to make London's inner city roads safer for cyclists have drawn attention to the testing conditions all road users experience in urban areas on a daily basis.
A disproportionate number of fatal accidents involving cyclists and heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) resulted in new rules being put in place, requiring lorries using central London roads to adhere to strict regulations. For more information click here.
Telematics car insurance - saving you fuel, saving you money
As a responsible driver, you'll want to do all you can to obey the rules of the road. This means being courteous to other road users, adhering to safety advice and warnings, and making sure your attention remains 100 per cent on the road at all times.
But being a good motorist should also extend to considering how your driving affects the environment. And those who do not make the effort to keep their driving behaviour as eco-friendly as possible may well suffer the consequences in the form of empty pockets.
Drive off into the sunset with Coverbox
Happiness can quickly turn into frustration when a learner driver passes their test only to find that the cost and expense of running a car may be beyond their pocket.
It's a common tale; a young person (17 to 24 in driver terms) uses a considerable chunk of money to learn to drive, possibly from savings or a part-time job, in the hope that life will change drastically once they manage to get behind the wheel. They dream of the freedom a car could give them and wish for the time they can come and go as they please in their very own car. Yes, passing the driving test is certainly, for many, a coming-of-age milestone.
Seeing Red Managing road rage
Most of the time, driving is a positive experience which can be enjoyed safely and responsibly. However, from time to time, road users may become annoyed by other drivers and this can lead to some very negative behaviour.
If a thoughtless driver is hogging the middle lane or failing to signal at junctions and on roundabouts, these examples of poor driving are not only dangerous, they are also extremely aggravating; hence the strong reaction they often provoke in other road users.
Join the revolution - Black box Britain!
In 2016 it became clear that black box car insurance – once considered a niche product for young drivers, new drivers and low mileage drivers – had become an accepted part of the mainstream, with many speculating that it would soon come to dominate the motor insurance landscape.
In 2015, a study by Consumer Intelligence revealed that nearly one in four young male drivers (25%) had used black box car insurance in a bid to improve their driving and receive the cheapest available policy. However, there was, at that point, some disparity between the genders in the uptake of black box car insurance, with only 14% of women between the age of 18 and 24 choosing telematics policies.
Protecting your vehicle
In 2015 footage of a man deliberately vandalising a £100,000 Aston Martin made headlines in the UK due to the bold and brazen nature of the person who committed the crime.
A security camera fixed to the dashboard of the car caught the man apparently admiring the luxury vehicle, but then he takes what is believed to be a set of keys from his pocket and casually walks alongside the car, scratching the left-hand side of the vehicle while using a baby buggy to conceal his actions.
There seemed to be little motive for the act of vandalism, which was estimated to have caused around £9,000 in damage.
Plans for learner drivers on the motorway and tougher penalties for mobile users
A road safety strategy issued by the Government includes proposals to allow learner drivers on the motorway and to increase penalties for those caught using a mobile phone behind the wheel.
Drink driving limits - How much is too much?
You probably don't need us to tell you how dangerous it is to drive after drinking alcohol. When you get behind the wheel with alcohol in your system, you're putting yourself and all other road users around you at risk, and, in the worst case scenario, you could be involved in a fatal accident.
If you plan to go on a night out, especially around the holiday season, and are also intending to drive home, it's important you're very strict with yourself. The best policy is always don't drink and drive.