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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. 14th, 2014 06:24 pm (UTC)
You can't drive a thousand miles in any direction without getting very, very wet or having to use a ferry or a tunnel. 'Limited duration' has a different meaning in such circumstances.

I think describing British ice-cream van products as 'dairy' is possibly over-generous. That one is a hangover from days when children were likely to be on the streets without an adult from a very much younger age, but is still valid - it reads as 'any vehicle children are likely to dart out from' to me.

And you've been here long enough to know that a hot drink is an important remedy in almost any situation!
Sep. 15th, 2014 08:55 am (UTC)
Ah, tea, the universal panacaea. Pity I don't like it - though I've drunk a lot when the social situation demands it.
Sep. 15th, 2014 08:17 pm (UTC)
Small children still dart out from behind ice cream vans in the street where my daughter lives!