Here’s a list of 10 the RAC think you might not know about

As motorists, we all pick up a few bad driving habits along the way but many of us it seems are not so clued up about the ones which could get us into trouble.

Once we pass our test and stop reading the Highway Code, it doesn’t take us long to fall into bad habits whilst driving.

With each of us aware of the more common ones such as driving faster than the speed limit allows, or crossing a solid white line to overtake – both of which are serious punishable offences that are breaking the law but there are many driving habits that motorists are committing every day without even realising that they’re breaking the law.

Are you clued up on all driving offences in the UK?

Did you know that overtaking at a pedestrian crossing is illegal? © Copyright Mat Fascione and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.


The following 10 driving offences might shock and surprise you but will hopefully make you realise which ones are in fact illegal:

1. Overtaking at a pedestrian crossing – Drivers are not allowed to overtake the car nearest to the pedestrian crossing.

2. Flashing your lights to give way – Used by many to let other drivers through a gap but classed as a driving offence in the event of an accident.

3. Sleeping in your vehicle whilst drunk – The Police can and have charged drunk people found sleeping in their vehicle. The law states that a person in charge of a motor vehicle should not be inebriated.

4. Using a mobile device as a sat-nav without having it in a fixed position – The phone must be fixed to the dashboard or windscreen so it’s in a good place for viewing.

5. Taking animals out of a broken down vehicle on the hard shoulder – According to the Highway Code, animals must be left in a broken down vehicle if on the hard shoulder.

6. Parking on the wrong side of the road in the evening – Rule 248 of the Higway Code permits drivers from driving on the wrong side of the road at night – why? Because of dazzling other drivers with your lights. If ignored, you risk receiving a Penalty Charge Notice.

7. Driving/parking on the pavement unless you’re turning into the driveway – According to 244 of the Highway Code, you mustn’t fully or partly park your vehicle on the pavement unless you have permission to do so. This is the one that probably shocks and surprises you the most and the one we all tend to ignore!

8. Using a car horn between 11:30pm and 7am in a built up area – Most of us know it’s illegal after a certain time but aren’t sure what those times are – now you know!

9. Driving a van over 50mph on a single carriageway road – Vans (goods vehicles that aren’t car-derived) should not do more than 50mph on a single carriageway.

10. Parking within 10 metres of a junction – Doing so can make it harder for other road users and therefore classed as a driving offence.


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