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Premium Member 2008 SLK55 AMG "Mabel"
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One of my pet hates is people who park obscuring the view at junctions. Another is the ones who park facing against the traffic flow with their headlights on. :mad:

 

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Super Moderator UK SLK 55 AMG 2007
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There used to be a paragraph in the Highway Code which stated something to the effect that when driving one shouldn't do anything that might potentially surprise another road user or impede their progress.
That's 55 owners done for as well as our tours/days out.

Davie, with you on this.
I'll add owners who upgrade headlights and do not adjust them.
 

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Ha! That's interesting. I always assumed it was OK to park facing the traffic flow, based simply on the number of people that do it. It appears it's illegal. Does anyone in the UK know this!?

Also, what's the difference between the list "Parking by the roadside" and "Where you MUST NOT stop or park"? Is the former "sort of OK"?
 

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Premium Member 2008 SLK55 AMG "Mabel"
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Unless it is 'absolutely' necessary, you should try to avoid making a stop on the highway as a chosen place to park your vehicle however if you must the list just points out the guidelines for doing so. Also included are the following ….
  • You must turn off the engine, headlights, and fog lights.
  • Before leaving the vehicle you must apply the handbrake.
  • Check for cyclists using the road and other traffic before opening your door.
  • Encourage all passengers to exit the vehicle on the kerb side.
  • Secure and lock the vehicle removing all valuables from sight.
Whereas the MUST NOT list Is what it says.
 

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Super Moderator UK SLK 55 AMG 2007
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  • Check for cyclists using the road and other traffic before opening your door.
The Dutch method of opening your door is the latest safety promotion.
You open your door with the hand nearest the gearstick.
By having to turn, it encourages you to look over your shoulder for hazards.

Bikers & cyclists will probably already have a good habit of shoulder checks.
Every type of vehicle will have tried to kill you at some point.

All able bodied road users should have to pass a two wheeled test BEFORE getting in a car to drive.
Sharpens your skills when you are vulnerable.
 

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Premium Member 2007 SLK55 AMG
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There used to be a paragraph in the Highway Code which stated something to the effect that when driving one shouldn't do anything that might potentially surprise another road user or impede their progress.
Bugger, there goes a 55 with a Cat delete 🤤
 

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Premium Member 2007 SLK55 AMG
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Unless it is 'absolutely' necessary, you should try to avoid making a stop on the highway as a chosen place to park your vehicle however if you must the list just points out the guidelines for doing so. Also included are the following ….
  • You must turn off the engine, headlights, and fog lights.
  • Before leaving the vehicle you must apply the handbrake.
  • Check for cyclists using the road and other traffic before opening your door.
  • Encourage all passengers to exit the vehicle on the kerb side.
  • Secure and lock the vehicle removing all valuables from sight.
Whereas the MUST NOT list Is what it says.
Passengers can't generally exit on Kerb side when so many people now park well onto the Pavements in the UK.
 
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