8 UK driving offences you might not know about
by Helen Jackson |
posted 09 January 2018
Sometimes, it’s hard to keep track of some of the more obscure driving laws in the UK. For example, did you know all the below? Check through them to make sure you avoid all unnecessary fines this year!
Sleeping in your car whilst under the influence of alcohol
Whether you intend to drive the car or not, if you’re caught sleeping in a vehicle when you’re over the drink-drive limit you can face prosecution. So as you’re planning your night out think ahead and book a taxi or make hotel arrangements. Don’t take the risk and sleep in your car!
Hogging the middle lane of the motorway
Rule 264 of the Highway Code states ‘You should always drive in the left-hand lane when the road ahead is clear. If you are overtaking a number of slower-moving vehicles, you should return to the left-hand lane as soon as you are safely past.’ Over the last few years The Highways Agency has used signs urging drivers to keep to the left, then, when that didn’t work they introduced a £100 fine and points on your licence.
The reason why you shouldn’t hog the middle lane? It infuriates other drivers trying to get past and creates unnecessary congestion.
Flashing your headlights to say thank you
Basically, if you flash your headlights for anything other than warning a vehicle of your presence you can face a fine. Common reasons road users flash their headlights include intimidation purposes, to say thank you, letting a vehicle pull out in front of you or warning oncoming traffic to the presence of police. If you flash your headlights to warn others about the presence of police speed checks and you get caught, you can face up to £1000 fine!
Driving without all windows clear
The Highway Code stipulates that when driving in treacherous weather conditions you must be able to see out of every glass panel on your vehicle. So that means you need to take the time to thoroughly de-ice and de-mist your car. If you are unfortunate enough to be involved in a collision, your car insurance company might not pay out if it is found you have not taken the required steps to correctly prepare your vehicle.
Sounding your horn after 11:30pm
It is illegal to sound your horn between the hours of 11:30pm and 7:00am on a road with street lights and a 30mph limit. Your horn should only be used to warn someone of danger, not to show your frustration, say hello to anyone etc.
Driving too slowly
Driving too slowly can pose many risks to other road users and is classed as ‘inconsiderate driving’. When joining a motorway, it is crucial you match the speed of other road users to safely slot into the traffic. Approaching the motorway too slowly can cause other drivers to brake excessively increasing the likelihood of a high-speed collision. Remember that the vehicles already on the motorway are under no obligation to let any cars in from the slip road, it is the vehicle joining the motorway.
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