DRIVERS could be slapped with a £5,000 fine – just for wearing an everyday item of clothing in the car.
Clothing such as baggy jeans and even long dresses have been branded as inappropriate and you can expect fines of up to £100 on the spot.
To top it off, drivers could also be hammered with three penalty points if caught by police in items that include sunglasses.
Amazingly, these fines can increase to £5,000 plus nine penalty points and even a driving ban if the case goes to court.
This is because these items could limit maneuvering in your car, make it dangerous to drive, or even prevent you from driving safely.
Therefore, motorists are asked to familiarize themselves with Rule 97 of the Road Traffic Act.
The rule states that drivers “must wear shoes and clothing that do not prevent you from operating the controls properly.”
So maybe think twice about getting behind the wheel in baggy pants – they could get tangled up on the brake or clutch pedals.
And if that leads to an accident, the police will charge you with negligent driving and face hefty fines.
Other everyday items in focus are maxi dresses, which while making drivers look beachworthy, can get caught under the pedals and lead to a nasty accident.
And don’t even think about slipping on a pair of flip-flops before heading out onto the open road, because the rule clearly states that shoes with a sole thickness of less than 10mm are “unsafe” for riding.
High heels also lure you towards a nasty fine, although around 40 percent of women admit to driving in them.
But high heels aren’t practical for pushing down the pedals, as the heel can get pinched underneath.
This can also prevent the driver from fully depressing the pedal, which is essential when braking in an emergency.
Chunky boots can also take a big chunk out of your bank account – because while these look ideal, they can result in the rider touching more than one pedal at a time.
Instead, motorists were advised to have a pair of appropriate driving shoes in the car.
Alastair Grier, managing director of CarMoney, said: “If you are planning to drive somewhere where the dress code is smart, we recommend that you bring sensible shoes for the drive.”
Mr. Grier recommended choosing shoes that are “narrow enough” to touch the pedals individually.
Sunglasses with lenses that are too dark or frames that are bulky also cast a shadow on your finances if you are caught driving in an inappropriate pair.
Because although they are an essential eye protection accessory, some styles can limit vision while driving.
While some lenses might be tinted too dark and limit daytime vision on the road, bulky frames can create a blind spot.
Therefore, motorists have been advised to test them first or stay in the car when using built-in sun visors.
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