Sometimes even the most experienced driver may not realise how many things are illegal to do while driving. There are so many rules of the road and even the slightest deviation from them could leave you will a massive fine.
Driving laws are always changing and every year new rules and laws are always being added. This year, new laws including the tightening of the use of mobiles phones, changes to the Highway Code, and rules related to vehicle technology were added.
The Mirror reports, that car leasing specialists, Rivervale Leasing, have uncovered six surprising driving laws which motorists can quite easily find themselves breaking. You can get more motoring news and other story updates by subscribing to our newsletters here.
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Here are some of the things that could leave you with a hefty fine.
Honking your horn – £30 fine
The horn of your car is only designed for alerting other drivers or warning them of your presence. It’s not to be used unnecessarily, even if you are feeling stressed or filled with road rage. It can distract others and even shock them, leading to unintended accidents.
Rule 112 states: “The horn. Use only while your vehicle is moving, and you need to warn other road users of your presence. Never sound your horn aggressively. You MUST NOT use your horn
- while stationary on the road
- when driving in a built-up area between the hours of 11.30pm and 7.00am
except when another road user poses a danger.”
Not preparing your car correctly for snow or icy conditions – £60 fine
In the winter months, many drivers dread having to get up early to heat up their car and clear off the snow and ice. However, it is crucial to do this properly and ensure your windshield doesn’t have any obstruction. Your field of vision needs to be totally clear otherwise you risk another fine.
Rule 229 states: “Before you set off you MUST be able to see, so clear all snow and ice from all your windows and you MUST ensure that lights are clean and number plates are clearly visible and legible.” Here are five laws you can be fined for when it snows.
Parking on a pavement – £70 fine
When heading into London, finding a parking space can turn out to be a real ordeal. However, you shouldn’t just dump your car on the pavement as blocking the footpath has been illegal for over 40 years in the capital.
Rule 244 states: “You MUST NOT park partially or wholly on the pavement in London and should not do so elsewhere unless signs permit it. Parking on the pavement can obstruct and seriously inconvenience pedestrians, people in wheelchairs or with visual impairments and people with prams or pushchairs.”
However, outside London, common sense should be used on narrow roads where parking on the pavement would be the more sensible option. Parking along small roads can seriously impede the traffic, making it difficult for other cars to get through. This can have significant consequences, particularly when your car is potentially delaying emergency vehicles. You can read more rules about parking on pavements here.
Night-time parking – £1,000 fine
Now we get to the bigger fines and these are the ones you really want to avoid.
Finding a place to park at night may seem easier, especially with less cars on the road and more spaces free. However, finding the right place is trickier than you might think, as you can’t park on a road facing against the traffic at night.
Rule 248 in the Highway Code states: “You MUST NOT park on a road at night facing against the direction of the traffic flow unless in a recognised parking space.”
Unrestrained pets – £5,000 fine
You may see it often and even do it yourself if you have a pet but having your dog or other animal stick their head out the window can lead to a big fine. This is because it can be a major distraction to other drivers and leads to one of the biggest penalties on this list.
Rule 57 in the Highway Code states: “When in a vehicle, make sure dogs or other animals are suitably restrained so they cannot distract you while you are driving or injure you, or themselves, if you stop quickly. A seat belt harness, pet carrier, dog cage or dog guard are ways of restraining animals in cars.”
Splashing a pedestrian – £5,000 fine
This is one the street walker will like, as cars caught splashing you on the side of the road can be fined massively.
Rain is already a real challenge for drivers, but this only makes things more challenging as motorists must try to avoid the big puddles close to pedestrians at the same time as navigating other vehicles.
In the Road Traffic Act 1988, Section 3, it states: “If a person drives a mechanically propelled vehicle on a road or other public place without due care and attention, or without reasonable consideration for other persons using the road or place, he is guilty of an offence.”
If you’re seen doing this, you could receive 3-9 points on your licence as well.