As a law-abiding person with integrity and respect for others, you may believe that you have never broken the law, which is great! However, many of us unknowingly break the law every day just by getting behind the wheel of the car.
8 ways you may have broken UK driving laws
Here are just 8 ways you could have broken the law without knowing it!
- 1.Snacking whilst driving
- 2.Not turning off your engine
- 3.Letting your dog catch the breeze
- 4.Dirty number plates
- 5.Playing your music loudly
- 6.Driving too slowly
- 7.Using a mobile sat-nav without a screen holder
- 8.Hogging the middle lane
You could be fined up to £1000 and gain three penalty points on your licence if you’re caught munching on your lunch behind the wheel.
If you’re waiting for someone at the side of a road, or when parked and don’t turn your engine off you could be fined for not preventing noise whilst your vehicle is stationary. The only exception is if you’re stationary in queuing traffic, such as a motorway traffic jam.
As cute as it is seeing a dog’s ears and tongue flapping in the wind, as their head pokes out of a car window, it’s actually completely illegal. Letting your dog do this could also invalidate your car insurance if you were to have an accident.
Due to the use of automatic number plate recognition cameras, it’s a legal requirement to have clean number plates on all public roads.
If the volume that you play music at is distressing or annoying other people around you, you could be given a verbal warning by police, which if ignored could lead to them seizing your car.
If you’re driving slowly enough to be considered a hazard to other drivers, then you could be given a verbal warning or in the worst-case scenario, charged with driving without due care and attention.
Using Google Maps or another source of satellite navigation on your mobile phone is permitted, as long as your route has calculated before you start up the engine and as long as your mobile phone is securely held within a screen holder, as a traditional sat-nav would be. Having your phone on your lap or in a holder below the windscreen could result in a fine and 6 points on your licence.
Police are able to issue £1000 fines to drivers who they believe are driving inconsiderately by tailgating, undertaking or hogging either the middle or outside lane when they should be pulling in to allow others to overtake.
Driving offence criminal defence solicitors
Our criminal defence specialists have defended a large number of motoring offences, so if you have been charged with a motoring offence and need an expert on your side, contact us using the telephone numbers below: