Car advice

Lesser-known driving violations

It’s time to review your road safety knowledge. In addition to changes in MOT tests, 2018 brings new driving laws. Before explaining updated motoring violations, it’s important to point out less-obvious current laws. Much like the grey-area driving in flip flops stand in, as mentioned in a previous post, other shunned behaviours exist which might surprise you. Even though The Telegraph pointed these out back in March, they’re still relevant – especially as we head into winter. The Daily Express also has some road safety tips (some dealing with alcohol consumption).

Finable offences:

•Idling engine while de-icing car (£20)
•Dirty number plates (£1000)
•Using mobile phone with engine running, even while parked (£200 + 6 penalty points)
•Angrily sounding horn (£30 – £1000)
•Eating while driving (£100 + 3 penalty points)
•Touching satnav en route (£200)
•Driving too slow (£100 + 3 penalty points)
•Flashing lights to alert drivers of a speed camera (£1000)
•Using an Apple Watch while driving (£200 + 6 penalty points)

Illegal, if caught (be polite)

•Leaving screenwash bottle empty
•Unnecessarily splashing pedestrians
•Blasting loud music
•Smoking in the car with a minor
•Showing anger towards another driver

Discretionary violations

•Allowing dog to poke head out while driving, make sure your pet is buckled up (if found to be distracting + results in an accident –> possible insurance cancelation + £5000 fine)
•Window mounted satnav causing obstructed view (make sure it’s out of the wiper swipe area)

2018 Laws for improved road safety

As reported in the Daily Express, here’s what’s changing in 2018. This is what you should do to avoid receiving a fine:

•Not leaving 1.5 meters between you and a cyclist (£100)
•Engine idling (£20)
•Proposed nationwide pavement parking ban (£70)
•Driving in closed motorway lane – automatic fine, captured by smart cameras (£100 +3 penalty points)

Other changes – new drivers, graduated licence, and emissions standards:

•Learner drivers allowed on motorway
•New restrictions for those with a graduated licence
•Diesel car tax (up to £500)

Photo Credit – The Telegraph / Andrew Austin – ALAMY

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