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5 summer driving laws that can result in fines of up to £5,000 if broken

Post Category: Motoring news
Post date: June 14, 2023

With summer just around the corner, it’s time to embark on epic road trips, explore new destinations and soak up the sun. But before you start your engine, make sure you’re armed with the WSG Guide to Summer Motoring!

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing our brand new series of blog posts to help you master the roads with confidence. From expert vehicle maintenance tips to our favourite summer driving locations, our comprehensive guides have you covered. We’ll also be announcing a HUGE summer prize giveaway on our Facebook page in a few days – so make sure you’re following us for your chance to win some brilliant goodies, personally signed by our Brand Ambassador and former Stig from BBC’s Top Gear, Ben Collins!

In our first instalment below, we’ve put together five of the little-known driving rules which could result in large fines – or in some cases, disqualification and even prison sentences. Read on for details…

1. Wearing flip flops

Rule 97 of the Highway Code states that clothing and footwear such as flip flops should not prevent you from being able to use the controls. Failure to comply could land drivers with a £100 on-the-spot fine – but if taken further, this can increase to a £5,000 fine, 9 penalty points and potentially a driving ban to boot. 

Flip flops and sandals can easily easily slip off, get caught under the pedals or snap completely, all of which could prevent drivers from braking in the event of an emergency stop.

2. Drinking water

Whilst it’s not illegal to consume a non-alcoholic drink when driving, motorists may be hit with a careless driving charge should it cause them not to be in safe control of the car. Rule 148 of the Highway Code says that safe driving and riding needs concentration. 

Eating or drinking behind the wheel could result in an on-the-spot fine of £100 and 3 points if the driver’s focus is diverted – rising to £2,500, or even disqualification, if an incident is caused as a result. 

3. Driving with hay fever

Being unable to operate a vehicle due to eye irritations, coughing or sneezing caused by hay fever could result in a £2,500 fine. Even taking hay fever tablets can put drivers at further risk by causing drowsiness, potentially increasing the fine to £5,000 if an incident occurs as a result.

The Road Traffic Act, which covers crimes connected to driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs – doesn’t distinguish between over-the-counter remedies, prescription medication and illegal drugs. Always check for possible antihistamine side effects before getting behind the wheel.

4. Lack of ventilation

Lack of air ventilation could see drivers charged under Rule 237 of the Highway Code which states vehicles must be kept well-ventilated to avoid drowsiness. This means motorists should ensure they keep a window open wherever possible – or use their air conditioning if stopped in traffic for long periods of time.  

In the most serious cases, drivers could face fines of up to £5,000 and three points on their license. 

5. Driving with sun glare

Rule 237 of the Highway Code states that drivers need to slow down or pull over if they are dazzled by bright sunlight. In an ATS Euromaster study, it was revealed that 60% of drivers don’t even reduce their speed when there is sun glare.

Drivers found to have improper control of a vehicle or full view of the road and traffic ahead could face a hefty fine ranging from £1,000 to £5,000 – plus three points on their license. To avoid this, we recommend wearing sunglasses on a bright day. 

We hope you’ve enjoyed this article and if you need to brush up on your Highway Code, just click here: www.highwaycodeuk.co.uk/.

Finally, don’t forget to follow the WSG Facebook page for details of our big summer giveaway!

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