5 things that you probably didn’t know are illegal to do when driving
We all know the obvious things that you should ABSOLUTELY not do when driving. Using a mobile phone and driving under the influence of drink or drugs are the two worst things you can do whilst driving.
But there are plenty of other laws you might not know about and they may cost you anything from fines to your actual driving licence – check out our top five now.
1. Flashing your lights to give way
Many of us will flash our lights to other motorists to let them go through, but you are not legally allowed to use your lights to do this.
Headlamp flashes should only be used to warn other drivers of your presence. If you are caught flashing your headlights for any other reason, such as using them to warn others of a speed trap, you could face a minimum of a £30 fine.
2. Using your mobile phone as a sat nav in an unfixed position
It is illegal to use your phone as a sat nav if it is not fixed on your windscreen or dashboard. The phone must also be in clear sight for use while driving, without you having to hold it.
Due to the recent law change, if you are caught breaching this, you will receive six points on your license and a £200 fine. If you have had your license for less than two years, you could also face a driving ban.
3. Paying with your phone at a drive through restaurant
Whilst it may seem like the easiest option to swipe your phone through the machine and go, you could face a maximum £1,000 fine or six penalty points if you use your smartphone to pay for your meal at a drive thru.
If you do prefer to use your phone rather than a contactless card, you must make sure your engine is switched off and your handbrake is applied.
4. Driving in the middle lane of the motorway
If you spend most of your time in the middle of the motorway and don’t pull into the inside lane after overtaking, then you could see yourself being slapped with a fine.
Staying in the middle lane falls into the category of ‘careless driving’ and punishment for this is three penalty points and up to a £100 fine.
5. Beeping your horn in anger
We’ve all had those days where we’ve experienced a little road rage and been tempted to honk our horns in frustration. But it is important to always avoid doing this. Beep your horn for any other reason than alerting someone of your presence and you could receive a £30 fine.