There are some obvious illegal things while driving. Everyone is well aware that using your mobile phone behind the wheel, drink-driving and tailgating are offences.But there are plenty of other little laws which you may not be aware of and several which are considered to be something akin to grey areas. But for most of them, they certainly are not grey areas, they are against the law.
Several of these things may be things you do quite often, but they could land you with a fine or even a court appearance.
The list we are about to give below consists of some of them. So, let’s read and see, how many of them have you done?
1. Using your mobile phone as a sat nav in an unfixed position
It is illegal to use your phone as a sat nav if it is not fixed on your windscreen or dashboard. The phone must also be in clear sight for use while driving, without you having to hold it.Due to the recent law change, if you are caught breaching this, you will receive six points on your license and a £200 fine. If you have had your license for less than two years, you could also face a driving ban.
2. Flashing your lights to give way
Many of us will flash our lights to other motorists to let them go through, but you are not legally allowed to use your lights to do this.Headlamp flashes should only be used to warn other drivers of your presence. If you are caught flashing your headlights for any other reason, such as using them to warn others of a speed trap, you could face a minimum of a £30 fine.
3. Eating or drinking while driving
Whilst eating or drinking behind the wheel might not be strictly against the law, it is frowned upon. But if you’re distracted by doing things such as snacking, drinking, applying makeup or changing a CD in your car, the police can prosecute you, as you may not be in complete control of your vehicle. If you are distracted and not in control, you could face a £100 fine and anything from three to nine penalty points.
4. Splashing a pedestrian with rain water
Believe it or not, if you splash a pedestrian on the pavement with rain water, you could face a fine of anything from £100 – £5,000. This is because it is classed as an offence to drive “without reasonable consideration for other persons.”
5. Paying with your phone at a drive through restaurant
Whilst it may seem like the easiest option to swipe your phone through the machine and go, you could face a maximum £1,000 fine or six penalty points if you use your smartphone to pay for your meal at a drive thru. If you do prefer to use your phone rather than a contactless card, you must make sure your engine is switched off and your handbrake is applied.
6. Driving in the middle lane of the motorway
If you spend most of your time in the middle of the motorway and don’t pull into the inside lane after overtaking, then you could see yourself being slapped with a fine. Staying in the middle lane falls into the category of ‘careless driving’ and punishment for this is three penalty points and up to a £100 fine.
7. Having a dirty number plate
If there’s one thing you should do before getting behind the wheel, it’s checking your number plates. This is because dirty and ‘unreadable’ number plates could leave you with a fine of up to £1,000. Cars are inevitably going to get dirty on the roads, but just don’t let them get too filthy.
8. Letting pets out the car if you’re broken down on the hard shoulder
If you are broken down on the hard shoulder you are not allowed to let your pets out of your car. This a rule that is stated in the Highway Code. It is only in an emergency you can actually let them out. Failing to do so can land you with a driving-offence charge.
9. Beeping your horn in anger
We’ve all had those days where we’ve experienced a little road rage and been tempted to honk our horns in frustration. But it is important to always avoid doing this. Beep your horn for any other reason than alerting someone of your presence and you could receive a £30 fine.
10. Sleeping in your car when drunk
If you find yourself over the limit DO NOT even think that sleeping in your car to sober up is a good idea. The law states that those in charge of a motor vehicle should not be inebriated. Police have been known to class sleeping as being in charge – so always avoid doing this to be on the safe side. You could potentially get a minimum of 10 points and a fine.
11. Not clearing your windscreen before driving
Now this is something those of you that don’t clean your number plate could also fall foul of. The Highway Code claims that if driving in adverse weather conditions you must, by law, be able to see out of every glass panel in your vehicle.
This is quite tempting when you confront one of the aforementioned middle lane hoggers. Don’t let yourself succumb to the temptation though. Undertaking is a criminal offence. Not only is it dangerous, you could find yourself in court.
13. Taking prescription drugs before driving
In March 2015 new road-side drug screening devices were introduced, along with new driving limits for a string of prescription drugs.Over-the-counter drugs including codeine, for example, could see you banned from driving. While many other drugs could potentially cause problems because they induce drowsiness. Obviously illegal and recreational drugs such as heroin, cocaine and cannabis are included in the drug-driving laws, but there is a long list of prescription drugs that could see you banned.
The legal medication that could result in a drug-driving charge:
Amphetamine, eg dexamphetamine or selegiline
Morphine or opiate and opioid-based drugs, eg codeine, tramadol or fentanyl
14. Getting out of the car on a single yellow line
You’re taught that you can’t park on single yellow lines, so naturally you’d expect that the driver shouldn’t really get out of the vehicle. Single yellows are fine for dropping people off or picking people up, but the driver should not get out of the vehicle at any time.
Since October 2015 it has been illegal to smoke in your car if any passenger is under the age of 18. As the driver, you are also responsible for other passengers who choose to smoke if there is a child in the vehicle.
The people who never seem to be a rush to get anywhere and coast along as if they enjoy motorway driving could find themselves in just as much trouble as the speedsters. While there is no minimum speed limit on most UK roads, driving too slowly can still be a punishable offence if it proves to be hazardous to other motorists. Roughly 140 accidents are caused by slow drivers annually, according to The Department for Transport. The maximum penalty for slow driving could be as many as nine points on your license and an unlimited fine.
17. Leaving a car parked with the engine running
Stationary idling is an offence under section 42 of the Road Traffic Act 1988. The Act enforces rule 123 of the Highway Code which states: “You must not leave a vehicle engine running unnecessarily while that vehicle is stationary on a public road.” Of course, it doesn’t mean you’ve got to cut your engine at every red light: you are allowed to leave your engine running if you’re stationary in traffic or diagnosing faults.
18. Throwing something out of the window
Most of us wouldn’t throw a McDonald’s bag out of the car window when we’re finished (though we’ve probably seen it done). But you might have chucked out an apple core (it’ll rot, right?) or a cigarette butt. Well, you can’t do that either.
19. Using your phone
Checking Facebook? Got a text? It is illegal to use a mobile phone held in the hand while driving or while stopped with the engine on.
20. Leaving a child alone in the car – even in a petrol station
We’ve all been there. You’re filling the car up at the petrol station and your child is fast asleep in the back. Do you wake them up and take them with you when you go in to pay for your fuel, or do you leave them? According to gov.uk, it is illegal to leave a child alone if it places them at risk. Parents are urged to use their judgment on how mature the child is before they decide to leave them alone – whether that be in a car or at home. It warns that parents can be prosecuted if they leave their child unsupervised ‘in a manner likely to cause unnecessary suffering or injury to health’.
The source: https://www.bristolpost.co.uk