Drivers 'unsure of Highway Code'

A majority of motorists do not know the Highway Code, according to a survey.

A poll commissioned by fuel company TOTAL shows that 46% were unable to answer half the questions about the Highway Code correctly.

The survey results, in which the Local Authority Road Safety Officers' Association (LARSOA) was also involved, show that 76% did not know the safe stopping distance when travelling at 40mph.

Of the 1,240 people polled, 98% thought they were safe drivers yet 53% do not own a copy of the Highway Code.

LARSOA chairman Malcolm Burns said: "Britain has one of the best road safety records in the world with road accidents decreasing, which is certainly encouraging.

"However, we are not complacent. Our concern is that some 'experienced' motorists are too blasŽ, as is borne out in the study. It suggests those who have been driving for a number of years are not as well versed on the Highway Code as they can and should be."

Other results from the survey show that 66% have not read the code in the last five years and 46% are unaware of the correct distance at which a number plate ought to be read.

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