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Do your driving guidelines prescribe hot drinks and warn you of the dangers of dairy products?

Excerpts from the UK Highway Code:

From #91 Driving when tired
"the most effective ways to counter sleepiness are to drink, for example, two cups of caffeinated coffee and to take a short nap (at least 15 minutes)"

From #206 Drive slowly and carefully when
"passing parked vehicles, especially ice cream vans; children are more interested in ice cream than traffic and may run into the road unexpectedly".

From #224 Electric vehicles
"Be careful of electric vehicles such as milk floats and trams."

From #228 Driving in icy and adverse weather
"Take an emergency kit of de-icer and ice scraper, torch, warm clothing and boots, first aid kit, jump leads and a shovel, together with a warm drink* and emergency food in case you get stuck or your vehicle breaks down."

* Evidence that these guidelines are only intended for trips of limited duration....



Sep. 13th, 2014 06:44 am (UTC)
As a UK resident, I wouldn't view any of these as relating only to trips of limited duration: any journey, however long, could end up in an urban environment. There are very few parts of the UK where the last one would apply to short journeys, and the few people who live in these areas know all about this anyway.

As for the hot drinks, this is specifically aimed at long motorway journeys. Service stations (providing shops, food, drink and fuel) are typically about 15 minutes driving time apart, and I have frequently done just this - had a coffee and a snooze when I started to feel tired. Since the biggest causes of accidents are drink driving, use of mobile phone and fatigue, it's a good thing to emphasise and I recently saw an infomercial stressing this in a motorway setting.
Sep. 13th, 2014 10:03 pm (UTC)
The advice for staying awake is good! I don't dispute it. The only thing which really seemed odd, coming from a different head space, is cold weather preparations. For me, being prepared for really bad winter weather = having infrastructure to get by if stuck in a snow drift for 24 hours or more.
Sep. 14th, 2014 09:16 am (UTC)
That's the climatic difference. I'm in my late 60s and I have never, ever been stuck in the snow at all. However, I now live in the foothills of the Pennines, and the passes over them are regularly closed in winter because of snow. Until the motorway was constructed that cut the North West off from the North East for as much as... oh, a few days at a time. Since the vast majority of the population are in the same situation, it's necessary to remind them of precautions on the very rare occasions when they might be affected.

Put it another way: I've never seen snow chains in use and don't know anybody who owns any.