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Drivers can face a £5,000 fine for these four common driving errors

DRIVERS could face hefty fines if they make any of these four common mistakes behind the wheel.

Motorists rusty on the Road Rules should be aware that they can be hit with a £5,000 fine if they eat, get distracted by passengers, adjust their seat or swerve across the lanes.

Drivers could be slapped with a £5,000 fine for breaking the Highway Code while driving

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Drivers could be slapped with a £5,000 fine for breaking the Highway Code while drivingPhoto credit: Getty
If you dodge lanes, you could end up in hot water for driving without due care and attention

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If you dodge lanes, you could end up in hot water for driving without due care and attentionPhoto credit: Getty

Some of these behaviors may fall under the criminal offense of careless and reckless driving or be classified as driving without due care and attention.

Rule 148 of the Highway Code requires drivers to “Avoid distractions while driving or driving, such as:

Under the Highway Code, motorists can be penalized for driving without due care and attention, but this is not necessarily a black-and-white offence.

However, any driving that shows a lack of awareness of road hazards or a disregard for other road users (whether intentional or not) could fall into this category.

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Being distracted by in-car passengers, adjusting your seating position, and crossing lanes are just a few other common ways to get distracted while driving.

These offenses could carry not only fines of £5000 but up to nine points on a driving licence. In severe cases, some drivers can even have their driving license revoked.

It comes after changes to the code last month led to it Motorists could be fined £1,000 because they opened their door wrong.

Motorists should also be vigilant as a change in the Road Traffic Code in January meant there would be fines of £100 for stopping or parking 12 new locations.

Volkswagen Financial Services UK reminds drivers to avoid the four common behaviors.

Research from the car finance provider shows 24% of Britons are planning a domestic trip this spring, with those trips typically involving long journeys.

Mike Todd, CEO of Volkswagen Financial Services UK, said: “Not everyone will be aware of these Rules of the Road, but it is vital that people understand what they can and cannot do behind the wheel.

“As Covid restrictions end in England we are likely to see more drivers on the road so staying alert and not distracted in the car is still important.

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“Knowing and obeying the Highway Code is not only important to avoid fines, but also to keep everyone on our roads safe.”

It’s also important to note that tuning in to your radio or touching your sat nav can also get you in hot water while behind the wheel.

https://www.thesun.ie/motors/8604404/drivers-face-5000-fine-four-common-mistakes/ Drivers can face a £5,000 fine for these four common driving errors

Fry Electronics Team

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