Do you know you’re committing an offence if you drive with a dirty number plate or an unsecured pet in your car?
To stop you being inadvertently hit with some hefty fines and penalty points, we’re giving you the lowdown on 10 lesser-known driving offences and the heavy consequences they come with.
We all hate having to scrape snow and ice off our cars in the bitterly-cold winter mornings, but it has to be done. If you drive with snow on your roof, it could slide down onto your windscreen and obscure your view, meaning you’re putting your life and the lives of your passengers at risk.
You can be fined £60 and get three penalty points for this one.
Your number plate has to be visible at all times – if it can’t be read, or if your number plate light isn’t working at night, you’ll be fined up to £1,000 under the Road Vehicles Regulations 2001.
Failure to get out of the way for emergency services to pass can land you with a fine of up to £5,000. Don’t forget that you’re also open to a fine if you break the law to clear the way for emergency services (unless police officers have said you can do so).
Splashing pedestrians with puddles while driving, intentionally or unintentionally, can lead to a fine of up to £5,000 (a £100 fine is common) for not paying consideration to other road users.
Pets can distract you while driving, so this offence comes with a £100 fixed penalty fine and three points, but courts can increase this to £5,000 and nine penalty points if they see fit.
If you notice a police car waiting to go after those who are speeding, and you warn drivers by flashing your headlights, you could be obstructing the police and can get a fine of up to £1,000.
Do you need to wear glasses while you drive? If yes, it should say so on your driving licence. If you fail to wear your glasses you can get a £100 fixed penalty fine, which can increase to £1,000, and up to six penalty points.
You want to make sure your phone or sat-nav is in a proper holder and mounted in a way that doesn’t obstruct your full view of the road.
If you don’t do this, you can get three penalty points and a fine of up to £1,000.
It’s an offence to beep your car horn if you’re stationary in traffic, or on a road with streetlights and a 30mph limit between the hours of 11.30pm and 7am – you can get a fine up to £1,000.
Moved house recently? Don’t forget to update your address and other details on your driving licence otherwise you might get fined up to £1,000.
What are the rules on travelling with pets? Read to find out.