Here are five of the UK’s most commonly broken driving laws, that drivers just weren’t aware were in the Highway Code. How many were you aware of?
1. Paying on Apple Pay at a Drive Thru
A huge 63% of participants thought that this was legal, when it isn’t. If you’re on your phone in the car with the engine running, then you’re risking 6 points on your licence. Just because you’re at a drive-thru doesn’t make it ok, so next time you’re paying for your Big Mac, then whip out your debit or credit card instead of your phone or take your keys out of the ignition
2. Flashing Your Lights to Give Way
Being polite on the roads could set you back £1,000 in fines. Flashing your lights to give way to another car is also illegal, and you should only flash your lights to alert someone of your presence. If you thought this was legal, then don’t worry, 52% of respondents did too.
3. Beeping the Horn in Anger
Something we’re all guilty of, especially those in Belfast who were considered the city to have the worst road rage. Beeping your horn in anger could also set you back some cash, as well as some licence points. Taking it one step further, swearing or doing rude gestures to another driver could also set you back with a fine, so it’s best to just stay calm.
4. Pull into a Bus Lane to Let an Ambulance Through
It seems silly to not pull over into a bus lane to let an ambulance through while someone in that ambulance could potentially be on death’s door, right? Well, there’s actually a law that you can’t go into the bus lane for any reason, letting emergency services through included. Doing this could again, set you back a fine as well as some points.
5. Pulling Over to Check a Map with the Engine Running
Nearly a third of people believe that you’re allowed to check a phone map on the side of the road with the engine running. This is not true. Similar to the Apple Pay law above, you cannot go on your phone for any reason with the engine running, no matter how lost you are.
So, how many of the above were you aware of? The study not only found driving laws that the UK weren’t aware of, but they also found driving law myths that are believed to be illegal when they aren’t. For example, did you ever believe that you couldn’t drive with your interior light on? Well you were wrong. Driving with your interior light on is not illegal, it’s just something that most of us have been brought up believing.
To view the full study, head over to the Find and Fund my Car website.