Thousands of road users are breaking the law every day and they probably don’t even realise it.
Tooting your horn, smoking and driving on prescription meds are just some of the bad driving habits that are actually illegal. These seemingly trivial minor offences, which many drivers do every day, could see you getting fined.
Texting behind the wheel and speeding are obvious offenses but there are some hidden and less known illegal activities which drivers commit on a daily basis without realising.
1. Splashing pedestrians with puddles
Drivers face a fixed penalty notice for committing this offense and can be handed tickets for public order offences after deliberately driving through puddles with pedestrians nearby.
2. Tooting your horn in anger
The horn can be an extremely useful tool for telling drivers you’re around but according to the rules of the road, if you beep the horn in frustration, you could be breaking the law.
You also can’t sound your horn between 11:30 pm and 7am unless you’re in an emergency situation.
It is illegal to smoke in your car if a passenger is aged under 18 years old and has been the case since October 2015.
The drivers is also responsible for other passengers who smoke.
4. Taking your pet out the car if you break down
If motorists break down on the motorway and have to park somewhere safe, they’re allowed to get out of the vehicle. However, if they have a pet inside the car, they must stay in there.
5. Having a dirty number plate
The registration plates must be visible at all times when the car is on the road, meaning a blurred letter or number due to a dirty plate could land you in trouble.
Grabbing a snack when driving is not an offence, but it is hard to maintain full control with only one hand steering and the other holding food. This could end up with motorists getting punished for driving without due care and attention.
7. Getting out of the car whilst on a single yellow line
Drivers shouldn’t stop their cars on yellow lines, unless it is outside of the restricted hours.
However, what most people don’t know is that drivers must not get out of their vehicle at any time while parked on a yellow line.
8. Taking prescription drugs before driving
The government website says it’s illegal in England and Wales to drive with legal drugs in your body if it impairs your driving.
Some examples of these prescription drugs are; amphetamine, diazepam, flunitrazepam, lorazepam, methadone, morphine or opiate and opioid-based drugs such as, codeine, tramadol or fentanyl, oxazepam and temazepam.
It’s an offence to drive if you have over the specified limits of certain drugs in your blood and you haven’t been prescribed them.