Do you know all the motoring offences? Here’s 10 you probably didn’t knowFri, 14/07/2017
Being fully aware of the rules of the road is something every driver should feel confident of. But, are there certain rules of the highway code that you’re unwittingly breaking?
Sophie Kitching, The Telegraph, reports:
We like to think we know all the driving offences - but there are some that are little known.
Yes, we all know that if you speed faster than the limit or if you cross a solid white line to overtake, that you're breaking the law.
But there are others you probably don't know of.
In fact, some of us may regularly commit them without even realising.
So, to keep you in line with the law, here are ten motoring offences that you might be shocked to find are actually illegal.
Overtaking at a pedestrian crossing
You must not overtake the car nearest to the pedestrian crossing. Why? Because their vehicle may be concealing a pedestrian already on the crossing.
Flashing your lights to give way
Many of us will commonly use them to allow other drivers through gaps, but this technically could be considered a driving offence if an accident resulted from it.
Sleeping in your car while drunk
The law states that those in charge of a motor vehicle should not be inebriated.
This is not overly specific and while you could argue that being asleep means you are not necessarily 'in charge' of the vehicle, the police can (and historically have) used this as an excuse to charge people with a driving offence.
Using you phone as a sat-nav in an unfixed position in your car
In order to use smartphone navigation or a mapping app, the phone must be fixed to the windscreen or dashboard so it's in clear sight for use while driving, without requiring you to hold it.
Letting animals out of the car while broken down on a hard shoulder
The Highway Code clearly states that you must leave any animals in a broken-down vehicle when stranded on the hard shoulder.
Only in an emergency should you consider letting them out - if you don't obey this and an accident is caused by your animal on the hard shoulder, you could face a driving offence charge.
Parking on the wrong side of road at night
This is a driving offence under rule 248 of the Highway Code and can receive a Penalty Charge Notice.
Driving or parking on the pavement unless you're turning into a driveway
Rule 244 of the Highway Code states that you must not park fully or even partly on the pavement unless road signs permit it.
Using your horn between 11.30pm and 7am in a built-up area
So, no beeps when waving to friends or family.
Driving at more than 50mph in a van on a single carriageway road
Vans that aren't car-derived (a goods vehicle which is constructed or adapted as a derivative of a passenger vehicle) must not exceed 50mph on single carriageways, 60mph on dual carriageways, and 70mph on motorways.
Parking within 10m of a junction
Parking too close to a junction makes it harder for everyone - those approaching the junction have to steer around the car, and those turning into the junction risk driving into an unsighted car on the wrong side of the road.
Many of these may come as a surprise and could be offences you’re regularly making. Being fully informed of the rules of the road will ensure you are a more competent driver, so it’s worth spending a bit of time reading up on the do’s and don’ts to keep you out of trouble on the roads!