September 30, 2017 at 4:30 PM
You may have been driving for years and think you know all there is to know about what you should or shouldn’t be doing. But you might be a little surprised at some of these laws that can see you getting a fine or even points on your licence.
Not using your phone while driving is becoming a more well-known law, but it also applies at drive-through windows. You still need to pay of course, but if you are using Apple Pay then the only legal way to do it is to park, which means turning off your engine and putting the handbrake on.
This is a version of the same law. Even if you are at traffic lights or in stationary traffic, it is still illegal to pick up your phone to text unless the engine is off and you are parked.
The law about mobile phones extends to devices like the Apple watch that you wear on your wrist too. It is just as distracting as using a mobile, and you can be charged with the same laws if you are found using it while driving.
We all know the dangers of drinking and driving, and it is becoming more widely known that driving the next morning after a heavy night can get you into trouble too. But even if your body has managed to assimilate all the alcohol so you are not over the limit any more, a hangover can still impair your driving skills. You may not be breathalysed, but you can be in danger of being charged with driving without due care and attention if you aren’t driving suitably safely.
You may fancy yourself as the next Adele or Stormzy, but singing along to really loud music in your car can also get you in trouble. If you are stationary and the noise is enough to cause a disturbance, you could be in danger of a slap on the wrist for anti-social behaviour.
When you are supervising a learner driver, you need to make sure that you are actually watching what they are doing. To this end, you are subject to the same laws as if you were driving. That means you can’t use phones to make a call or to text.
Speed can also be an issue, but not in the way you think. You can also be pulled over if you are driving too slowly as this can cause as much of a danger to other traffic as driving too fast.
If you have a had a few too many, you may think it is a better idea to have a sleep in the car rather than attempt to drive home. While this is a commendable idea, you can be subject to a fine here too as you are still in charge of a motor vehicle. It may be best to get a taxi home, just to be on the safe side.
Driving with a caravan or trailer gets trickier the faster you drive. You should never drive in the fast lane of a motorway, as at that sort of speed you are in danger of losing control, particularly as they are both at risk of snaking which can cause an uncontrollable crash.
You are able to use your horn to alert other drivers to your presence, but that doesn’t include when you are in stationary traffic. Road rage is never acceptable, and that includes leaning on your horn when you don’t need to.
So next time you get in your car, be safe, remember these 10 transgressions, and make sure you don’t fall foul of the law.