Our driving offence solicitors have a wealth of experience when it comes to the wide variety of driving offences that are well known for being illegal. There are, however, quite a number of offences that motorists commit every single day without even realising it. Here are 5 motoring offences our solicitors have outlined, that you might not know are illegal:
- Flashing Your Headlights (for anything other than alerting other drivers of your presence)
It’s quite common for motorists to flash their lights for occasions such as giving way, warning of dangers or advising pedestrians to cross. However, it’s stated in the Highway Code that the flashing of lights should be reserved for alerting other drivers of your presence and to “not flash your headlights to convey any other message or intimidate other road users”. It is unlikely that this common usage will land you in court however. If you are caught flashing your lights to alert other motorists of a speed camera, though, you may face prosecution.
- Overtaking at a Pedestrian Crossing
A law was introduced to protect pedestrians who may not be visible due to a stationary car at a crossing blocking your view. This means that when approaching a pedestrian crossing on a multi-lane road, and there is already a stationary car present, it’s illegal to overtake that vehicle when the lights change to green.
- Parking On the Wrong Side of the Road at Night
It’s illegal to park your car facing against the direction of traffic at night, according to a law that was introduce in order to prevent drivers’ views becoming impaired due to the headlights of a parked car. It also ensures that oncoming cars are able to see rear light reflectors.
- Using Your Phone as a Sat Nav Without Fixing it in Place
Using a mobile phone whilst driving is a widely known offence, however a lot of people are unaware that it’s just as illegal to be holding your mobile device and using it as a Sat Nav whilst driving as it is to be having a phone conversation without fully hands-free operation. Your mobile device should be properly fixed to your windscreen or dashboard and the mobile phone should not obstruct your view of the road. The destination should be entered before you start driving and you should not use the phone whilst driving.
- Sleeping in your Car when Drunk
You may be tempted to sleep in your car as a means of sobering up and avoiding a Drink Driving offence, however it is against the law. The law states that those in charge of a motor vehicle should not be inebriated and often times the Police will class sleeping in the vehicle as being in charge. You could potentially get a minimum of 10 points and a fine.