There were many changes to the laws governing driving last year in Britain.
Penalties for speeding and using a mobile phone in the driving seat increased while vehicle taxation also changed.
And there are plenty more changes coming this year.
Changes to the MOT are coming in making it harder for diesel cars to pass it.
There will be new fines for misusing the motorways, tax increases for diesel car owners, learners will be allowed on the motorways and young drivers may be banned from the roads at night.
Motorists could be forgiven for not keeping abreast of all these legal changes.
But ignorance of the law is no defence so follow our guide to recent and upcoming changes in the UK driving laws and hopefully you won't fall foul of the them.
A version of this guide originally appeared in the Hull Daily Mail .
Tougher emissions tests will be brought in this year for all diesel cars which will effectively make it harder for them to pass an MOT.
In another shake-up all cars tested from May will be now be rated in three categories: Dangerous, Major and Minor.
Any cars which are rated Major or Dangerous will automatically fail, according to The Mirror.
Cars with Minor defects will be allowed to pass and the faults will be recorded.
Any vehicle that has a diesel particulate filter (DPF) that looks as if it's been removed or tampered with will not pass unless there is proof it has been done so for filter cleaning.
Neil Barlow, head of MOT policy for the Driver and Vehicles Standards Agency told Auto Express the new rules will "help motorists do the right thing".
He added: "We're changing the wording on the certificate. We've done a lot of research with motorists to find out what sort of information helps."
Any car that has been fitted with a diesel particulate filter that gives out "visible smoke of any colour" during tests will get a Major fault and also automatically fail.
Under the new criteria, steering is also to be looked at.
A steering box leaking oil would get a Minor fault but if the oil was dripping badly it would be pushed up to Major and fail.
The new rules come into force on May 20, 2018.
Fines for misusing motorways
Drivers could get new fines for breaching rules on motorways.
Highways England is using cameras on smart motorways to catch people misusing the hard shoulder - which can be opened as a fourth lane to improve traffic flow and reduce congestion and closed if an accident takes place.
New roadside cameras are already being tested but expected to be introduced from March, according to a leaked document from the agency.
Highways England is reportedly concerned that drivers are ignoring signs that say the fourth lane is closed - and has already issued 80,000 warning letters to motorists who have broken the laws since 2016.
The leaked document, seen by PA, said: "We would expect enforcement of red X offences to commence from spring 2018."
It is understood a new punishment of a fixed penalty charges of £100 and three penalty points could be introduced for those who break the rules.
Sections of the M1, M4, M5, M6 and M42 have been converted to smart motorways.
Learner drivers allowed on motorways
According to The Week , learner drivers will be allowed on motorways before they pass their test.
They will have to be accompanied by an approved instructor and in a car fitted with dual controls - meaning both the student and instructor have their own brake and clutch pedals.
A tax hike for diesel cars
A tax increase for newly registered diesel cars is coming into force on April 1, reports Auto Express.
The first-year Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) is going up by one band. This means a Ford Fiesta would see a one-off increase of £20 while other cars could be hit by a tax of up to £500.
The changes apply to those vehicles that do not meet the Euro 6 engine requirements under the new Real Driving Emissions (RDE).
But there is no new diesel car on sale that meets the standard, so they will currently all be subject to a tax increase.
Young drivers could be banned from the roads at night
A new 'Graduated Driving Licence' is being proposed to make it safer for young people on the roads.
The changes, which would apply to 17 to 24-year-olds, could see them being banned from driving after dark .
Figures show drivers in that age bracket are involved in a quarter of all crashes on UK roads that lead to death or serious injuries.
The new system may also restrict the engine size allowed for new drivers in the hope it may stop "boy racers" out revving their engines on the nation's roads.
A second test after passing this probationary period could even be added.
And don't forget the driving test has changed
In December 2017, the driving test changed dramatically with a number of features being dropped and some new ones added.
The pass mark has stayed the same - no more than 15 driving faults and no serious or dangerous faults will get you a pass.
And don’t worry, the overall time of the driving test won’t change, it will still be around 40 minutes.
Most importantly, there’s no financial impact - the driving test cost will also stay the same.
Here's what's different about the new driving test.
More independent driving
The previous ten minutes of independent driving was increased to 20 minutes using a sat-nav OR traffic signs.
The examiner will decide if road signs or sat-nav will be used for this part of the test.
Using a sat-nav
You might have spotted that in the previous section - the sat-nav was introduced to the driving test.
The equipment is provided and set by the examiner and all will use a standardised TomTom Start 52 model.
Four in five people doing their driving test will be asked to use the sat-nav.
Changes to manoeuvres
Previously you would have been asked to demonstrate one of four manoeuvres on your driving test.
But in the new test, the ‘reverse around a corner’ and ‘turn-in-the-road’ manoeuvre will no longer be tested - although the DVSA say you should still be taught them by your instructor.
That means you’ll be tested on one of the following three manoeuvres: parallel park at the side of the road; park in a bay - either driving in and reversing out, or reversing in and driving out; pull up on the right-hand side of the road, reverse for 2 car lengths and rejoin the traffic.
‘Show me, tell me’ questions
The ‘show me’ and ‘tell me’ questions about car safety changed slightly.
You are still asked the ‘tell me’ question at the start of the test but the ‘show me’ question is asked during the test - for example, demonstrating you know how to use the windscreen wipers.