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10 driving offences you may not be aware of

May 8, 2019 | News

May driving offences are clearly defined, for example breaking the speed limit, however there may be some that you not be aware of. Our team of motoring experts at Car & Van Finance Direct take a closer look!

1. Sleeping in your vehicle when inebriated

You’re right to consider not getting behind the wheel if you’ve had a drink. However if you’ve got nowhere else to sleep you may consider doing this in your vehicle until you’re sober enough to drive. This however can leave you open to a drunk in charge fine, with the law stating that those in charge of a vehicle should not be inebriated. You may argue that you aren’t in charge of the vehicle in question, however you do leave yourself open to a driving offence.

2. Flashing your lights to give way

You may feel like you are courteous by doing this and the majority of us do this on a regular basis, however this could be considered a driving offence if an accident were to result from it. Headlight flashes should also be used as a way of alerting other road users of your presence on the road.

3. Overtaking at a pedestrian crossing

If you are approaching a pedestrian crossing with multiple lanes and there is already a stationery vehicle at the crossing, if these lights then change to green, you cannot use this extra speed to overtake the stationery vehicle. The vehicle closest to the pedestrian crossing could be concealing a pedestrian already on the crossing and hence this is illegal.

4. Letting pets out of your vehicle whilst broken down on the hard shoulder

You may think that this is cruel, however the Highway Code states clearly that pets should be left in your vehicle when broken down on the motorway hard shoulder. You should only consider letting them out of your vehicle in emergency, if you do so and your animal causes an accident then you may face a driving offence charge.

5. Parking on the wrong side of the road at night

This is due to risks of dazzling as you park and exit the parking space, whilst your rear light reflectors will also not be visible once you have left your vehicle. You can receive a Penalty Charge Notice for breaching this rule.

6. Using your mobile phone as a sat nav in an unfixed position

It is illegal to use a hand-held mobile phone to follow a map, this doesn’t mean that they are completely banned, however they must be fixed to the dashboard or windscreen of your vehicle so it is in clear sight for use while driving without requiring the driver to hold it. If you are caught breaching these rules then you will receive a £200 fine and six penalty points.

7. Parking within 10 metres of a junction

Parking your vehicle too close to a junction is an inconvenience for everyone, drivers approaching that junction have to steer to avoid your vehicle, whilst those turning into the junction encounter the risk of driving into an unsighted vehicle on the wrong side of the road. It is also an offence.

8. Driving on the pavement unless turning into a driveway

In rule 244 of the Highway Code it states that you must not park fully or even partially on the pavement unless road signs permit it. This rule is commonly broken, however if you are parked in such a manner to hinder pedestrians then you are causing a driving offence.

9. Using your horn between 11.30pm and 7am in a built up area

You may feel taxi drivers are guilty of this, particularly late at night, however it is illegal. This also includes a short beep when saying bye to the wife and children before your early morning trip to work.

10. Driving faster than 50mph in a van on a single carriageway road

For more depth information you may want to check out our speed limits blog, however a general rule of thumb for vans which aren’t car-derived in nature is 50mph on single carriageways, 60mph on dual carriageways and 70mph on motorways.

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