DRIVING TIPS: WALES

RULES AND REGULATIONS

  • Drive on the right side of the road and overtake on the left.

  • Seat belts must be worn in the front seats and the back seats if belts are fitted. Children who are too small to use seatbelts must be transported in a correctly fitted child seat.

  • Park the right way at night

  • Children under the age of 10 have to sit in the back of the car. The blood alcohol level limit for drink driving is 0.05% mg/ml.

  • Use of low lights or luces bajas is mandatory 24 hours per day on highways and main roads.

  • Mobile phones can only be used with a hands free system.

  • Vehicles can only be parked in the direction of traffic flow. It is illegal to park a vehicle facing opposing traffic.

  • In towns, intersections without traffic lights or signs function like four-way stops: a car approaching from your right has right of way.

  • On main roads left hand turns are not allowed unless specifically stated.

  • In the event of an accident, stay by your car until the police come.

SPEED LIMITS

The standard legal limits, which may be varied by signs, for private vehicles without trailers are as follows:

  • 40 kph on side roads.

  • 60 kph in built up areas.

  • 100 -120 kph on highways and roads outside the city.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

As you will discover, drivers who display less than courteous behaviour on the road are deemed more than annoying by other road users. It’s not surprising therefore that lack of signals is the nation’s second most-disliked motoring habit, behind tailgating. When it comes to failing to indicate, it’s easy to forget that it’s not only drivers who are affected. How many times have pedestrians stood, waiting at the kerb for a car that wasn’t indicating, not knowing whether it’s safe to cross or not? One reason this misdemeanour tops the chart of bad driving habits is the inconsideration and laziness of the driver who doesn’t bother to indicate. While there’s no specific motoring offence of ‘failing to indicate’, any breach of the Highway Code can be seen as committing the offence of careless driving. In this instance, ‘indicating’ is covered by Rules 103-106 of the Code which reminds you that signals warn and inform other road users, including pedestrians, of your intended actions. The rules state that you should always give clear signals in plenty of time, having checked it is not misleading to signal at that time, and to use your signals to advise other road users before you change course or direction, stop or move of

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