WITH temperatures soaring, Brits should be aware of warm weather driving habits which could land them a fine or even jail time.
Despite the incoming rays of the sun, when it comes to road safety, it’s important not to take your foot off the brake – here are five things you should absolutely avoid.
Wearing flip flops is becoming more and more common as the weather warms up, but it goes without saying that they aren’t very useful when driving.
Rule 97 of the Highway Code clearly states that clothing and footwear should not prevent you from using the controls.
If you’re caught by police or involved in an accident, you can be charged with ‘driving without due care and attention’ – which carries an immediate fine of £100 and three penalty points on your driving licence.
They could potentially face a maximum fine of £5,000, nine points and possibly a driving ban.
It is recommended that motorists check their shoes before hitting the road or keep a spare pair of shoes in their car.
drinking and driving
Summertime means drinking during the day and hitting pub gardens are popular activities.
However, it is important to remember that drinking and driving are not right and we need to know when to stop drinking and start sobering up.
Most people know that drinking alcoholic beverages behind the wheel is illegal, but 85,000 people are still convicted of drunk driving every year in England and Wales.
Driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol can result in a 3 month jail sentence, a fine of up to £2,500 and in some cases a lifetime driving ban.
A drunk driving conviction could also mean a significant increase in your car insurance.
Change the music in a playlist
While using your phone while driving is widely known to be illegal, leaning in to press skip on a song is okay, right? Not correct.
This could get you in serious trouble as changing songs can be seen as using your phone while driving.
Restrictions have been tightened since last year and getting caught scrolling through songs could result in a £200 fine and six points on your licence.
Leave dogs in hot cars
With temperatures set to hit nearly 30 degrees next month, we humans tend to thrive, but our furry friends may suffer.
The welfare of our pets should always be considered, but there are several instances of dogs being abandoned in hot cars every summer, which can lead to heat stroke and even death.
While it’s not illegal to leave a dog alone in a car on a hot day, motorists could face charges of animal cruelty under the Animal Welfare Act, which can carry an unlimited fine and even up to six months in prison.
Taking medication for hay fever
With one in four people in the UK suffering from hay fever, it is common for people to take antihistamines to prevent constant sneezing and watery eyes.
However, this innocent drug can make you drowsy and affect your ability to drive.
Driving under the influence of any drug, including prescription or over-the-counter drugs, is illegal if it affects your ability.
They could be slapped with a year’s driving ban and an unlimited fine, while the worst offenses can be punished with six months in prison.
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