Driving offences you didn’t know were illegal

Driving offences you didn’t know were illegal


If you’ve just passed your driving test then obviously you know the highway code like the back of your hand. Or you’ve been driving for years so you’re an expert on the road, right? Maybe not! Some of the most common driving offences include speeding, using mobile phones and drink driving but there are many others that you may not even be aware of and can be penalised for. UK Car Finance looks at some of the lesser known driving offences and their penalties.


Using a mobile phone as a sat nav in an unfixed position

The laws on using your phone while driving are becoming more strict each time the UK driving laws are revised. Although you are allowed to use your phone as a sat nav in the car, it must be in a fixed position. If you are caught breaching any of the mobile phone and driving laws you will receive a £200 fine and six points on your licence.


Beeping your horn between 11:30pm and 7am

Car horns were only ever invented as a safety measure to indicate danger or warn others of danger, not to signal a driver’s annoyance. It is illegal to use your horn in a built-up area between the hours of 11:30pm and 7am. A built-up area typically tends to be streets with housing, a restricted road and a 30mph speed limit.


Driving with a dirty number plate
It can be hard to keep your car clean all the time but having a dirty licence plate can land you with a fine of up to £1,000. Its common sense that a licence plate needs to be visible, or else what would be the point in having one? Your licence plate enables other drivers and the police to identify where the vehicle is registered.


Splashing pedestrians
With the unpredictable British weather, puddles on the road and in potholes are pretty much unavoidable. But did you know splashing pedestrians when you drive past them is illegal? This action classes as ‘careless, aggressive or inconsiderate behaviour on the road’ and can result in a fine of up to £150 and three penalty points on your license.


Letting pets out of the car while broken down on the hard shoulder
This is one that you’re least likely to think about. However, due to the risk of an accident being caused if you let your pet out of the car, the Highway code states that you must leave any animals in a broken-down vehicle when on the hard shoulder. If an accident is caused due to a pet, you could face a driving offence charge.


Flashing your headlights to give way
Just like beeping your horn, your headlights were never designed to be a form of communication. Many people use their headlights to show other drivers that they are giving them way however, this could land you with a fine of up to £1000! You should only flash your headlights to let other road users know you are there.


Throwing rubbish out your window
It’s illegal to litter on the street so why would you do it out of your car window? You can land yourself with a £80 on the spot fine if you are caught littering from your car window and this includes cigarette buds too! The driver will also be fined for littering even if it was the passenger who threw rubbish out of the vehicle.


Sleeping in your car while intoxicated

You’ve had a few too many and are over the limit to drive home so it’s fine if you sleep it off in your car, right? Wrong. The law states that you should never be in charge of a motor vehicle while intoxicated and this includes sleeping in your vehicle. You can get a minimum of 10 points on your licence and a hefty fine!


Driving with snow on your roof
It can be really time consuming to clear all of the snow off your roof when you’re late for work. However, by not clearing your roof completely, you could be breaking the law! If snow falls off your windscreen or roof and obstructs or distracts other drivers than you can be penalised for “driving without due consideration”.


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