DVSA issues urgent warning for drivers on certain roads to abide by Highway Code rules

Car driving on a rural road

People should reduce their speed once the country roads enter villages

Felix Reeves

By Felix Reeves

Published: 13/09/2023

- 10:18

The DVSA said it was important for drivers to read the Highway Code to ensure they are safe on the road

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has warned drivers about how they can safely travel on country roads.

Rule 154 of the Highway Code provides advice for drivers on how they should suitably drive in rural areas.

Posting on X, formerly known as Twitter, the DVSA reminded motorists that they can read the country road rules and the full Highway Code for free online.

It added: “It's important to read The Highway Code rules to ensure you're being a safe and responsible road user.”

Car driving on a rural road

Rule 154 gives advice on how drivers should navigate country roads


Rule 154 states that drivers should take extra care on country roads and reduce their speed at approaches to bends.

These turns and bends can be sharper than they appear, with junctions and turnings potentially being hidden.

Motorists should also prepare themselves to see road users which are not very common in urban areas.

This could include pedestrians, horse riders, cyclists and even slow-moving farm vehicles.

Drivers are also warned of mud on the roads which could have a huge impact on the traction of the vehicles and potentially cause the car to skid.

Rule 154 also highlights how drivers should make sure they can stop within the distance they can see to be clear.

While driving on country roads can be a peaceful experience when it is bright and sunny, Britons could see problems when driving at night or when visibility is reduced.

People should also reduce their speed as soon as possible once the country roads enter populated villages.

Similarly, Rule 155 of the Highway Code deals with single-track roads and how drivers should keep an eye out for special passing places.

In these areas, motorists could become stuck behind a slow-moving farm vehicle for a long period of time with people urged to remain calm and not escalate the situation.

The Highway Code states: “If you see a vehicle coming towards you, or the driver behind wants to overtake, pull into a passing place on your left, or wait opposite a passing place on your right.

“Give way to road users coming uphill whenever you can. If necessary, reverse until you reach a passing place to let the other vehicle pass.”


Car driving on a rural road with horse riders

Drivers should give extra space when overtaking pedestrians or horse riders


As with country roads, the Highway Code warns drivers to slow down when passing pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders.

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