Rapid acceleration. “Kickdown” makes an automatic car accelerate (speed up) as quickly as possible, by forcing it to select a lower gear. It is enabled by pressing the gas (accelerator) pedal down quickly and hard. This is really important and useful when (for example) overtaking.
It’s a declaration that your car isn’t being used on the road – so you don’t have to pay vehicle tax. Your SORN is automatically cancelled when you tax your vehicle again or it’s sold, scrapped or permanently exported.
The first sign means “No Waiting” – it’s the same as yellow lines along the side of the road. You can stop but only for long enough to drop a passenger off. This is normally found in urban areas.
The second sign means “No Stopping” and is also called a “Clearway.” You can only stop for traffic jams, breakdowns, accidents or if the police tell you to. This is usually found on bigger, faster roads. A motorway is always a clearway.
The smart answer to this question is “Enough room so I don’t hit the car in front if it stops suddenly” 🙂
Normally you should leave the stopping distance for the speed you are moving at. On a fast road a two second gap may be enough. Remember, in the wet stopping distances are doubled, and it can take up to ten times longer to stop on snow and ice.
Highway Code rule 126
1.6 mm (one point six millimetres – about the thickness of a matchstick). Worn tyres are particularly dangerous in the wet because a tyre’s tread helps disperse water away from the contact patch between tyre and road. If there’s less tread depth, less water can be shifted, increasing the risk of aquaplaning and losing grip.
Only the left, unless you are parking on a one way street, or in a marked parking space. Your car is harder to see as the red reflectors at the rear of your car won't be seen.
Highway Code rule 248
Stop! There's probably a serious incident ahead and the emergency services need safe access to the road.
Highway Code rule 258
At least 45 metres. Never use your warning triangle on a motorway – it’s too dangerous.
Highway Code rule 276
In the car. It’s the law (unless there is immediate danger – e.g. the car is on fire). The driver and any passengers should wait in a safe place well away from traffic.
Highway Code rule 277
Other people and their property, and not your own vehicle or property – you need fully comprehensive insurance for that.
The right hand lane.
Highway Code rule 143
Three years. After that it’s every year.
When parking on any road (or lay-by on a road) where the speed limit is greater than 30 mph.
Highway Code rule 249
“Stop” and “Give Way” are very important signs. If these signs are covered in snow (or otherwise difficult to read) you can still identify them from their unique shape.
You must not cross the line nearest to you.
Highway Code rule 129
You will have to pay the first £250 of any claim.
They could go in any direction. Horse riders and cyclists might use the left lane to turn right at a roundabout. It is sometimes too dangerous for them to use the right lane, as they cannot go as fast as other traffic.
Highway Code rule 186