Although the Highway Code alone is not the law, many of its instructions have legal muscle behind them.
Road users who ignore the guidelines could be punished with traffic offences so it is important that you are aware of them.
The Government states: “Many of the rules in the Code are legal requirements, and if you disobey these rules you are committing a criminal offence.
“You may be fined, given penalty points on your licence or be disqualified from driving. In the most serious cases you may be sent to prison.”