Continuing our short series on Rules of the Road, here follow some least well known offenses that could land you with a fine of up to £5000 and a collection of points neither you nor your Insurance Company will like.
Rules 1-5 Published 3 March 2020
6/. Using a mobile phone for satellite navigation if not in a secured position, Highway Code Rule 229.
It is illegal to use a hand-held mobile to follow a map unless it is fixed to the windscreen or dashboard.
Oh, and DO NOT fix it to the middle of your screen where it can impede your view.
7/. You must not use front or rear fog lights unless visibility is seriously reduced, Highway Code Rule 236.
Remember, they dazzle and can obscure brake lights
8/. Parking within 10 metres of a junction, Highway Code Rule 243.
Parking too close to a junction makes it harder for everyone – those approaching the junction have to steer around the car, and those turning into the junction risk driving into an unsighted car on the wrong side of the road.
9/. Driving on the pavement unless you are turning into a driveway, Highway Code Rule 244. Refer to Know Your Traffic Signs, Page 50 for more information.
You must not park fully or even partly on the pavement unless road signs permit it: in London, it is an offence to park on the pavement, full stop. If you park in a way to inconvenience pedestrians, you are causing a driving offence.
10/. Using the horn between 11.30 pm and 7 am in a built up area, Highway Code Rule 112.
Long or short bursts or a toot to say cheerio as you leave and taxi drivers telling you they have arrived are all offences.
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