5 Driving Rules You Might Not Know About

Did you Know Splashing a Pedestrian as a Driver Could Lead to a Fine?


When learning how to drive, you not only learn how to control the vehicle and make it move but also what you can and cannot do as a driver behind the wheel.

There are many rules that drivers need to know before they take to the roads by themselves in any kind of vehicle.

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Pets can travel in cars but should be restrained for safety and should never be allowed on the front seat or to put their head out of the window.

Of course, there’s the obvious ones such as not speeding or using a mobile phone behind the wheel but there are numerous driving rules that aren’t so well-known, yet as a driver of a vehicle you’re expected to know them and should know them to ensure the safety of yourself, any passengers you may be carrying and other road users too.

Not sticking to the rules of the road could land you in trouble with the law, with possible fines or points on your driving licence as a result, so it’s definitely worth knowing and remembering what you can and can’t do once you’re in the driving seat.

The following 5 rules are ones that drivers in the UK probably breach day after day without even realising they’re breaking the law – you might have done so countless times yourself and had no idea that what you’re doing is actually illegal!

5 Driving Rules You Might Not Know About (But Should):

1. Dirty Number Plates – your number plate on the front and to the rear of your vehicle must be visible at all times. Driving around with dirty number plates is illegal and means you’re breaking the law if you don’t keep them clean and easy to read.

In the winter especially, there’s more of a chance that your number plates will become dirty, so it’s a good idea to clean them regularly so you don’t break the law.

2. Deliberately Splashing Pedestrians By Puddles – you could at one time have been on the receiving end of a selfish driver who thought it would be funny to drive through a puddle and splash you as you walked past and you probably remember how wet and angry you were.

What that driver might not have known, is that it’s actually illegal in the UK to splash pedestrians when travelling through puddles and if caught by the police, you could be hit with a £100 fixed penalty notice (FPN) and three points on your driving licence.

Section three of the Road Traffic Act 1988, states that it’s illegal to splash someone as it amounts to driving “without reasonable consideration for other persons.”

3. Smoking In A Car – it’s not illegal in the UK to smoke and drive, however it does become illegal if any of the passengers in the vehicle are under 18 years of age.

The Children and Families Act 2015 made smoking in cars with children an offence, therefore it’s illegal to smoke in a private vehicle with anyone who is under the age of 18, so the driver must ensure that no one in the vehicle smokes if there are children present.

4. Using Your Horn At The Wrong Time – a horn should never be used in anger and should only be used to warn other drivers of a danger due to another vehicle or any other kind of danger. You are breaking the law if you use your horn during a moment of anger and/or frustration.

It’s also illegal to use your horn between the hours of 11:30pm and 07:00am, unless in an emergency situation.

5. Driving With Unrestrained Pets – it’s not illegal to take your pets in the car with you, however they must be restrained properly and should never be allowed to sit in the front seat or stick their head out of the window.

Rule 57 of the Highway Code states: “When in a vehicle, make sure dogs or other animals are suitably restrained so they cannot distract you while you are driving or injure you, or themselves if you stop quickly. A seat belt harness, pet carrier, dog cage or dog guard are ways of restraining animals in cars.”

So whilst it’s not a legal requirement and there’s no direct penalty for breaking the highway Code, you could be pulled over by the police for ‘driving without due care and attention’ – this could lead to a fine and penalty points being issued.

It could also be used as evidence against you if you were to be involved in an accident. Not obeying the Highway Code could invalidate your car insurance and possibly your pet insurance too if it was found that your pet being loose in the vehicle had contributed to an accident.

As a driver, it’s important you keep up-to-date with all the rules on what you can and cannot do when behind the wheel.



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