Obscure Driving Laws

UK motoring laws are always changing, and it can be hard to keep up – especially if it is some time ago since you passed your driving test. But do you know there are some obscure driving laws that you should be aware of…

Obscure Driving Laws

To help you avoid falling foul of the law, here are seven obscure pieces of motoring legislation you might have forgotten.

Switching off your engine

Under The Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986, you have to switch off your engine whenever your vehicle is stationary. It doesn’t apply in a traffic jam, but it does if you are in your car waiting to pick someone up. You can get a £20 on-the-spot fine for this offence.

Paying for food with your phone

As Apple Pay and Android Auto increase in popularity, this motoring law may feel outdated but it is still in force. A driver is not allowed to use a phone to pay for food at a drive-through as you have to hold it to do so. The penalty for using a mobile at the wheels is a £200 on-the-spot fine and six penalty points.

Splashing pedestrians

There’s nothing worse as a pedestrian than being splashed by a driver who thinks it’s funny to drive through a puddle and splash you. This is deemed as ‘driving without due care or consideration’ and can land a driver with three penalty points and a fine between £100 and £5,000!

Clearing snow from your roof

Simply clearing snow off your windscreen is not enough. Snow can still fall off and obstruct your view. Failing to remove it from the car roof can lead to a £60 fine and three penalty points.

Sleeping in your car while drunk

Think you can take a nap in your car under the influence of alcohol? Well, that can lead to a minimum of ten penalty points and a big fine.

Flashing your headlights

If you are caught flashing your headlights to warn drivers about a speed trap, you could be deemed to be obstructing an officer’s duty and be fined from £30 to £1,000.

Driving too slowly

Drivers who are going too slow can be pulled over and penalised for ‘careless driving’. The result could be a maximum of nine penalty points!

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