Warning to everyone driving in the countryside over little known Highway Code rule

Motorists face a number of obstacles on the road each day and we all have a duty of care for one another. The UK has a variety of vehicles and road users and each presents certain challenges.

Among them include horse riders, who can often be found in rural and semi-suburban areas. Just like cyclists, horse riders and their steeds require a safe distance to be passed by cars.

And a little known rule in the Highway Code has revealed there's an ideal speed that motorists should pass horses - and this shouldn't be over 10mph. Motorists who flaunt this risk a fine. The advice was issued by motoring experts at Swansway Motor Group.

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A spokesperson for the company said: "Drivers should approach horses slowly and cautiously, giving them lots of room, per the Highway Code, this will help to keep the horse, the rider and drivers safe. Horses can be unpredictable, and sudden movements or noises can startle them, potentially leading to dangerous situations for the rider and the driver."

"Horses are vulnerable road users, and the Highway Code requires drivers to slow down to 10mph when passing horses, maintaining at least two metres of space. This is crucial to prevent accidents caused by spooked horses, which can react unpredictably to perceived threats.

"Most comprehensive car insurance policies will cover the cost of a horse damaging a vehicle, provided it wasn’t the driver’s fault. Sudden changes in a driver's behaviour, such as sounding the horn or revving the engine, can cause a horse to panic and move erratically.

"Adhering to Rule 215 of the Highway Code by passing wide and slow is essential to ensuring rider and driver safety. In rural areas, where encounters with horses are more common, it’s particularly important for drivers to be vigilant and patient. Awareness and caution can significantly reduce the risk of accidents and serious injuries."