We all love cheap fast food, but if you make this simple mistake you could end up paying a lot more than you expected.
Drivers in the UK who pay for fast food at a drive-thru using their phones face a fine of Â£ 200 and six points on their license.
This is just one of the many lesser-known driving laws in the UK that many could potentially fall foul of.
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Breaking these laws could result in hefty fines and points on your license if you’re not careful.
Here’s a look at some of them that you’re most likely to fall for, according to Riverdale rental.
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Driving at night, despite the reduced visibility, can be much quieter than during the day with less traffic on the roads.
But when it comes to parking, there are some additional laws you should be aware of.
Rule 248 of the Highway Code states that âYou MUST NOT park on a road at night opposite to traffic, except in a recognized parking space. “
This is because if you are parked with the lights off facing traffic, you create a danger for oncoming cars which may not see your car.
Driving with your pet, usually a dog, is not uncommon – you often need a short trip to get there for a nice walk.
But the law is very strict as to how you have to do it.
Rule 57 of the Highway Code states: “When in a vehicle, make sure that dogs or other animals are properly restrained so that they cannot distract you while driving or injure you, or you- even, if you stop quickly. A seat belt harness, pet carrier, dog crate, or dog guard are some ways to restrain animals in cars.
Although there is no specific law regarding pets, you may be charged for careless driving and attention if your pet is distracting you, so always make sure they are restrained, for their safety. too !
Prepare for the snow
Winter can cause all kinds of problems for drivers, especially in the early morning hours, with clearing snow and ice from your car an added chore that no one enjoys.
It can be tempting to do the bare minimum to see just enough to drive, but doing so could result in a fine.
Rule 229 of the Highway Code states “Before you set off you MUST be able to see, so clear all your windows of snow and ice and you MUST make sure the lights are clean and the plates are clear. registration numbers are clearly visible and legible. “
So maybe it is worth taking that extra time before setting off on frosty or snowy days to avoid unpleasant surprises in the form of a fine.
Parking on a sidewalk
Finding parking, especially in London, can be a hassle, and the pavement can often seem like a tempting compromise.
But parking on the sidewalk in London has actually been illegal for 40 years, with a small fine if you get caught.
Highway Rule 244 states: âYou MUST NOT park partially or fully on the London pavement, and should not do so elsewhere unless signs permit. Parking on the roadway can hinder and seriously hinder pedestrians, people in wheelchairs or visually impaired people and people with prams or strollers.
Horn your horn
Driving can be stressful and the best advice when you feel the red haze taking over is to stop until you have calmed down.
However, any Londoner will know that the most common method of dealing with this is a big old horn. This is actually misuse of the horn and could result in a fine.
Rule 112 states: âThe horn. Use only when your vehicle is in motion and you need to warn other road users of your presence. Never sound your horn aggressively. You MUST NOT use your horn, except when another road user presents a danger.
Pay at a drive-thru restaurant with your phone
Something you probably haven’t considered is that using your phone to pay is part of the rules for using your phone while driving, but it is, so be careful.
The fine for doing this if you get caught is Â£ 200 and six penalty points.
Rule 149 states: âYou MUST exercise proper control of your vehicle at all times. You MUST NOT use a cell phone or similar device when driving or supervising a learner driver, except to call 999 or 112 in a real emergency when it is unsafe or impractical to stop.
So remember to use your debit card at the drive-thru and don’t take the risk.
Splash a pedestrian
We’ve all been in a situation where the road starts to flood and the pedestrians are right in the splash zone.
Normally, drivers will be careful to avoid as much of a puddle as it is safe to do so as not to splash pedestrians.
But if you don’t and needlessly splash pedestrians, you might regret it.
In the Road Traffic Act 1988, Section 3, it is stated: âIf a person drives a power-driven vehicle on a highway or other public place without due care and attention, or without reasonable consideration for other persons using road or place, she is guilty of an offense. “
This is punishable by an exorbitant sum of Â£ 5,000 and six to nine penalty points on your license.
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