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Old 24th Jan 2022, 13:36
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In Kuwait drivers turned their hazard lights on in fog rather than slow down. It brought a whole new level of terror to motorway driving, especially when it came to changing lanes or the odd vehicle 3 lanes to your left suddenly realising they were passing their exit.
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Old 24th Jan 2022, 13:42
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Originally Posted by golfbananajam View Post
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And as a cyclist, I carried a length of water pipe so I could thump any cars that came too close when I was riding on the road.
Goose, gander?
But if you're that close you can hit an open, or opening, car door then YOU ARE TOO CLOSE to the parked vehicle.
Either that, or you're following (see my earlier post) a council-created cycle lane.

Anyway, the post to which you are responding was clearly a reference (albeit tongue-in-cheek) to vehicles passing too close, not to parked ones.
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Old 24th Jan 2022, 16:43
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Originally Posted by off watch View Post
I don't & they're not in the list of changes. However, this new rule is emphatic =

Rule H2 Rule for drivers, motorcyclists, horse drawn vehicles, horse riders and cyclists : At a junction you should give way to pedestrians crossing or waiting to cross a road into which or from which you are turning.

Assuming it gets the publicity it deserves, without confirmation that 20/21 still apply, I can see trouble ahead, especially if zebra crossings & /or traffic lights don't exist at the junction.
I thought this was always in the highway code. I remember a question about it in my test donkeys years ago 'cos I wasn't sure what the answer was and just said "give way".
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Old 24th Jan 2022, 17:01
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I noticed this afternoon, as I walked to the bank at lunchtime, that some drivers have already started to abide by the new rules even though they haven't started yet.
I was allowed across by a tipper truck driver and a car driver at two different junctions.

Something which concerns me now though, is that I wasn't entirely sure whether the drivers were going to let me cross or not. They slowed down quite a bit - but then they would anyway to make the turn. I couldn't really tell until they actually stopped.

So are we going to see an increase in pedestrian injuries, at least initially, as walkers see cars slowing and then incorrectly assume they are abiding by the new rules? Some drivers will stop, some probably won't know about the rule despite the publicity, and some just won't give a toss about stopping.

At least previously you knew absolutely that as a pedestrian it was your responsibility to wait for a gap. This new setup seems like divided responsibility, where you are expected to work out someone else's intentions and has a potentially hazardous level of ambiguity.

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Old 24th Jan 2022, 17:15
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Originally Posted by dixi188 View Post
I thought this was always in the highway code. I remember a question about it in my test donkeys years ago 'cos I wasn't sure what the answer was and just said "give way".
The difference is that previously you only had to give way to a pedestrian in the process of crossing the road you are turning into.

The new HC says you should (must?) also give way to a pedestrian waiting to cross.
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Old 24th Jan 2022, 17:58
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Originally Posted by golfbananajam View Post
But if your that close you can hit an open, or opening, car door then YOU ARE TOO CLOSE to the parked vehicle. It always saddens me when UK cyclists want all the protection of the law but spectacularly fail to obey it.
Some drivers are dicks. Some cyclists are dicks. The vast majority want a quiet life and obey the code. But they don't grab one's attention.
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Old 24th Jan 2022, 18:06
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Originally Posted by sycamore View Post
I always put on the `hazards` when parking,or un-parking,as `reversing lights` are not always noticed....
A problem with that is that if you're halfway into a roadside parking slot between other vehicles, your left side indicators are hidden so other road users might wrongly assume your intentions.
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Old 24th Jan 2022, 18:06
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I don't think these changes will make any difference to the sizable minority of indifferent, ignorant road users of all types of vehicle, the minority is growing year on year.

Case in point, I was taught to check, before opening a car door, from the inside or the outside, whether there was any other vehicle approaching. This seems to have gone completely out of fashion, everyone just walks into the middle of the road and opens the door regardless of oncoming traffic, it's "me first screw you". No age barrier, young and old do the same. Won't wait 5 or 10 seconds for traffic to pass, it must be done now. Yes I pass at the requisite distance to avoid any collision, but why increasse the possibility just because you;re an impatient git?
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Old 24th Jan 2022, 18:09
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Originally Posted by HOVIS View Post
Some drivers are dicks. Some cyclists are dicks.
And so is that silly young man sporting the permanently idiotic grin and masquerading as the Minister of Transport. The performance of external mirrors is mandated in various EEC and ECE Directives and Regulations still enshrined in domestic law. They will allow a view greatly superior to that obtained with the ludicrous "Dutch arm" technique. It's on a par with his "safe" motorway ideas; he's just another prat looking busy and creating totally needless legislation whilst seeking to appeal to the woke and the green.
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Old 24th Jan 2022, 18:26
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The new rules remind me of those that pertained in Germany when I was stationed there. We coped.
However, as far as I know, Highway Code not withstanding, it is never legal for a motorist to run down a pedestrian or cyclist and you should drive accordingly. Similarly, it is never legal for cyclist to run down pedestrian, especially when I am just emerging from a shop onto the pavement!
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Old 24th Jan 2022, 19:06
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The new road user hierarchy places increasing levels of responsibility to those drivers of increasingly larger vehicles, with greater blindspots, worst manoeuvabiity and poorest stopping ability. Quite how a 44t hgv is going to stop in an instant when a pedestrian steps off a kerb without even looking is going to be interesting.
As for protecting cyclists, some of them should take a course in defensive cycling (or a common sense injection) rather than the "coming through" attitude some have.


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Old 24th Jan 2022, 21:08
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Originally Posted by golfbananajam View Post
But if your that close you can hit an open, or opening, car door then YOU ARE TOO CLOSE to the parked vehicle. It always saddens me when UK cyclists want all the protection of the law but spectacularly fail to obey it.
Read my post. I'm talking about cars that come to close to me. I always took care to ride well clear of parked cars.

But you knew that, didn't you. Just had to make an anti-cyclist point.
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Old 24th Jan 2022, 22:25
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Originally Posted by paulc View Post
Quite how a 44t hgv is going to stop in an instant when a pedestrian steps off a kerb without even looking is going to be interesting.
I think the theory is similar to a supertanker having to give way to a sailing dinghy.

Although of course if the pedestrian is on his/her phone at the time, then they are immune.
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Old 24th Jan 2022, 22:52
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Originally Posted by DaveReidUK View Post
I think the theory is similar to a supertanker having to give way to a sailing dinghy.

Although of course if the pedestrian is on his/her phone at the time, then they are immune.
There are some exceptions to the sailing dinghy, supertanker rules which may be relevant.
If the larger vessel is unable to manoeuvre because it is in a restricted channel, the sailing vessel has to give way. For a super tanker, the idea of restricted channel is pretty broad.
If the sailing vessel gets itself into a position where the larger vessel cannot see it, then it would be well advised to give way.
Even if a sailing vessel has right of way, it must make its intentions clear in sufficient time for the larger vessel to be able to manoeuvre.

Same with bikes, pedestrians and trucks. Get yourself in the wrong place at the wrong time and insist on priority and you could end up dead right.
Again, a bit like the anti collision rules at sea. Notwithstanding all the other rules, vessels must not hit each other, I.e. the rules are a list of who is to do what in various given sets of circumstances but even of you are in the right, you cannot ram the other vessel.
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Old 25th Jan 2022, 04:06
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Again, a bit like the anti collision rules at sea. Notwithstanding all the other rules, vessels must not hit each other, I.e. the rules are a list of who is to do what in various given sets of circumstances but even of you are in the right, you cannot ram the other vessel.
Quite so. I was taught that the first question anyone will be asked at a Marine Court of Inquiry is "What did you do to avoid the collision."
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Old 25th Jan 2022, 07:10
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I always give way to pedestrians when turning left or in any situation where I think they may step out.
So when a pedestrian is walking towards a kerb my mental process is "they will step out, prepare to give way". SO the new rule I assume is for those motorists who's
mental process is "They will not step out, I am not giving way" ?

As to using hazard lights. The answer is in the description. You use them when your vehicle has become a hazard i.e. when broken down.
Using them when parked I find amusing because what you are admitting to is that you are illegally parked.
Using them as a thank you is also wrong. I would prefer you put your boot down and get out of my way rather than fumble with the hazard switch.
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Old 25th Jan 2022, 08:28
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Originally Posted by BigEndBob View Post
One assumes cyclists also give way at that junction when peds want to cross.

I'm a bit confused by the diagram showing cycle on the right of car.
If car was signalling to turn right why would cyclist try and overtake.
I think cycle is wrong way round.
I believe it is to cover the case where a vehicle overtakes a cyclist (or other slow moving vehicle) then turns across them.
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Old 25th Jan 2022, 08:56
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Originally Posted by DType View Post
Jings! I've used hazard lights multiple times when moving on single carriageways, both to warn drivers approaching fast from the rear when I have notuiced a bog up in front, AND after I have passed a restriction/accident so as to warn those approaching that they have a hazard ahead.
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Problem there is that your intention isn’t included in the Highway Code and is unfortunately all but meaningless. The law also states that hazard lights are only to be used to signal to following drivers.

In my experience, holding brake lights on, or flashing them, is the best way to trigger a braking response in following drivers. Obviously, once it’s obvious that a following driver has got the message, brake lights need to be taken off and the handbrake used as required.

Amber doesn’t necessarily mean stop, whereas red does. Many vehicles have indicators low down on the rear end which can be hidden by the next vehicle in line (goodness knows what design logic there is in that) but a high level brake light is mandatory on all vehicles and is more likely to be seen through the windscreens of vehicles some way back in a line of traffic.

To most drivers, hazard lights on a vehicle on the opposite side of the road mean that particular vehicle has a problem, or is causing an obstruction, not that there is an incident some way beyond it.

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Old 25th Jan 2022, 09:02
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Originally Posted by Cyberhacker View Post
I believe it is to cover the case where a vehicle overtakes a cyclist (or other slow moving vehicle) then turns across them.
It's worth bearing in mind that that diagram is trying to show all the scenarios in one image. However in a single lane of stationary traffic it's not improbable for a cyclist or motorbike to come along on the offside. We have always been asked to check the rear mirrors before turning for that reason.

In Greenwich and Walthamstow they have now located both cycle lanes beside the north footway. So if you are going west cycles are going in both directions on your right.
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Old 25th Jan 2022, 12:31
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Substitute the car as a double deck bus, or an artic, and a stream of pedestrians in a busy town. Traffic is at a standstill, with cyclists overtaking the stationary vehicle.
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