Are you breaking these 10 driving laws without realising?
Being clued up on key driving laws is vital in order to obtain a driving licence, but these obscure driving regulations may have passed you by. Read on to discover how you could be unwittingly breaking the law.
Using your phone while supervising a learner
Next time you offer to share your parking wisdom with a learner, you should probably leave your phone at home, as getting caught scrolling through your Facebook feed could cost you £200 in fines and a whopping six penalty points.
That’s because when you teach somebody to drive, you become legally responsible for the car, and all of the usual road laws apply to you.
Travelling with your pet on your lap
A cute dog peeking out of a car window is a common sight in summer, but letting pets roam around while on the move could get you pulled over for driving without due care.
Not something to be sniffed at when you consider the maximum fine of £2,500 and nine penalty points, so why not consider a doggy seatbelt or carry cage?
Failing to clean your number plate
A visible number plate allows authorities to record traffic incidents, so if you’re a little lazy on the car-cleaning front, you’ll want to make sure your number plate is clear or you could receive a £50 fine.
It’s also worth reading our guide to spring cleaning your motor, because nobody likes a dirty car, right?
Paying with your phone at a drive through
Contactless phone payments are now part of everyday life, so it wouldn’t feel that strange to pay at a drive-through in this way.
What you may not have realised is that you could receive a fine of £200 and up to six penalty points, as this technically counts as using a phone behind the wheel if your engine is still running. Better pay for that coffee with cash!
Napping in the car while intoxicated
We’ve all been there…driving to a friend’s house for coffee, and realising several glasses of wine later that you’re way too drunk to drive home.
But if you were thinking of sleeping the booze off in the comfort of your car, you’re actually breaking drink-driving regulations, and could receive 10 penalty points and a hefty fine. Taxi, anyone?
Snacking on the go
With long commutes, it’s tempting to skip breakfast and enjoy your coffee and bacon butty on the go.
If you’re caught snacking at the wheel, you could be fined £100 and receive nine penalty points for driving while distracted, so it might be wise to fill your face ‘al desko’.
Warning motorists of speed cameras
Regardless of your good intentions, flashing lights to warn other motorists of speed cameras is highly frowned upon and could see you with a fine of up to £1,000 for obstructing an officer’s duty.
Take a leaf out of Phillip Schofield’s book and use your act of kindness to rescue small kittens instead.
Beeping your horn in anger
It’s difficult not to blast your horn when a driver acts unreasonably, but horns should only be used sparingly, to alert traffic to your presence.
Keeping your anger in check could save you a fine of up to £1,000, so remember stay calm the next time somebody grinds your gears.
Splashing pedestrians with puddles
Most of us wouldn’t dream of purposely splashing a passer-by, but if you’re the mischievous type, you could be fined up to £5,000 and three penalty points for driving without consideration.
Giving way to an emergency vehicle
When blue lights appear in our rear view mirror, our natural instinct is to do everything we can to clear the way for emergency vehicles. If you drive dangerously in an attempt to clear the road, you’re technically breaking the law, and could receive penalty points and a fine.
Emergency vehicles are highly trained to deal with traffic, so take a few extra seconds to assess the situation and follow your usual mirror, signal, manoeuvre procedure.
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