Exceeding your vehicles’ weight limit could mean a £300 fine and three points on your licence

 

A warning is being issued to drivers about the fact that an overloaded car could get you into serious trouble with the law.

Overloading your car and being caught by the police could see you facing a fine of up to £300 and given three penalty points on your licence too.

Packing up your car before a trip away can be a very stressful experience, trying to squash everything in to make sure it all fits can feel like you’ve just taken part in a round of the old 70s game show The Krypton Factor with Gordon Burns.

It is against the law to overload your vehicle but it might not be for the reasons you’re thinking of.. most of us assume that you mustn’t overload your car as it could impair your visibility through the back window but never give a thought to the official weight limit of our car.

Having an overloaded car could get you into trouble with the law!

Exceeding your vehicles’ weight limit could mean a £300 fine and three points on your licence

 

Overloading past your car’s official weight limit could see you facing a fine of up to £300, as well as three points on your licence.

The handbook which comes with your car has all the information you need regarding the official weight limit of your vehicle and should always be checked before you try and pile everything in.

An overloaded car can put more strain on the tyres and also have an affect on the handling and braking. It could even invalidate your car insurance premium if you was to be involved in an accident.

Head of roads policy for the AA, Jack Cousens, says that whilst it’s difficult to push modern cars over their weight restriction limit, it is advisable to check the handbook beforehand and if possible weigh everything before filling up the car.

An accurate reading at a weighbridge is advisable if you feel that your car could be close to it’s limit and don’t forget to adjust your tyre’s pressure – the extra weight might put them under strain!

 

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