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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....

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frostfox
Sep. 13th, 2014 05:56 pm (UTC)
You will note, hon, that non of the native Brits on your flist see any of the above list as remotely strange or noteworthy.

We were once overtaken by a milk float (and a Bobby on a bicycle) while driving up a hill in Salford in a friend's Mum's Morris Traveler. But it was stuffed full of goths and hippies and had a fault with the gear box which meant it never got out of second gear. It also suffered from woodworm and leaked, the owner would wind down the windows at traffic lights to empty a baby potty she kept under the dashboard to collect the rain.

FF
owlfish
Sep. 13th, 2014 09:43 pm (UTC)
Individually, they are not strange or noteworthy. It's only collectively that they're a rather interesting bunch.....

You know quite a bit about a vehicle which once overtook you. Do you often?
frostfox
Sep. 13th, 2014 09:51 pm (UTC)
Laughs, no, the 'it' was the Morris Traveler, not the milk float!

FF
owlfish
Sep. 13th, 2014 10:04 pm (UTC)
That makes SO much more sense now!
gillo
Sep. 14th, 2014 06:20 pm (UTC)
Being overtaken by a milk float is pretty memorable!
sollersuk
Sep. 15th, 2014 08:53 am (UTC)
They're really two bunches, not one.

The fatigue and ice cream van ones refer to hazards that people really ought to be aware of, but accident statistics show that too many are not.

The snow and electric vehicle ones refer to things that most drivers never encounter - snow I've dealt with above; milk floats are a vanishing breed (cheap milk in supermarkets and corner shops have made them unnecessary) but still exist in a few areas; and only a handful of towns have trams. We have them in Manchester, and if it wasn't for the frequent use of horns (a particularly plaintive note) you really wouldn't know they were coming.