What's the most important road rule? What's the most important road rule?

  • A. Always try to avoid causing an accident, even if it's not your fault

  • B. Always try to drive in the most economical way

  • C. Always try to get to your destination as quickly as possible so that you reduce the amount of traffic on the road at any one time

    The correct answer is A
    Being a safe driver means anticipating other drivers' actions and making allowances for their mistakes. It's impossible to drive perfectly all the time, we can only drive defensively to minimise the chance of an accident if a mistake is made.

The most important rule of using the road

People occasionally have concentration lapses and misjudge their manoeuvres. Rather than punishing them, we should drive to allow for them. There's no point in causing an accident when it's avoidable as you could end up injuring yourself or someone else. So, the most important rule of using the road is to drive to avoid accidents or harm to other road users. 

You can do this by anticipating other drivers' actions, leaving a safety bubble and driving within the law. 

If a pedestrian steps out in front of you, even if they have a red no-crossing line, you must slow down for them. If another vehicle starts moving into your lane because they haven't seen you, it's your responsibility to change your lane position safely, if possible, to avoid an accident.

If you see examples of really bad driving here's how to report it.

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