Can I get a fine if I adjust my car seat while driving?

There’s nothing worse than feeling uncomfortable on a long drive, so it can be tempting to shake your seat.

Driving with poor posture can put pressure on your knees, back and neck, but can you be fined for adjusting your seat while driving?

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Can I get a fine if I adjust my car seat while driving?

There is no special road law which means you will be fined for adjusting your seat while driving.

However, it falls under the offense of “negligent and reckless driving” so you could end up with a fine of up to £5,000.

Drivers should avoid anything that could be considered distracting while driving.

You can make small changes behind the wheel, but larger distractions should be changed when the car is stopped.

Because changing the sitting position can be fiddly and lead to a lack of concentration.

Anything that seriously distracts you from driving, if caught, can result in a fine and even points on your driver’s license.

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There are many things that fall under the category of distracted driving and may result in a fine.

Using a phone or other electronic device, eating and drinking, or even arguing with a passenger can land you in hot water.

What is the correct seating position for a driver?

The correct driving position is not one-size-fits-all, as your seat must be adjusted to your height.

Many modern cars also have an adjustable steering wheel, so this needs to be within easy reach and not obstruct your view of the dashboard or the road.

Make sure your seat is high enough to see the road and overhead – your hips should be at least knee height.

Sit forward so that you can fully depress the pedals, but without putting pressure on your knees.

Tilt the back of the seat so that you can sit without craning your neck.

If lumbar support is available, adjust it so that it sits comfortably in your back arch.

The headrest should be level with your head and as close to the back of your head as possible to avoid whiplash.

Your seat belt should sit flush across your lap and the diagonal belt should be across your shoulder, not across your neck.

What law applies to car seats in the UK?

Children must be in a child seat up to 12 years, or until they are 135 cm (4 ft 4 in) tall.

Car seats are required by law be rear-facing until your child is 15 months old, after which they can be forward-facing.

Only EU approved height or weight based child seats may be used in the UK.

You must disable all front airbags before installing a rear-facing car seat.

Make sure your child is buckled into the seat and secured according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Can I get a fine if I adjust my car seat while driving?

Fry Electronics Team

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