DRIVERS are being warned about little-known driving rules which could see them slapped with a fine.
While some of the offences may seem harmless, you are still breaking the rules of the road.
It’s hard to know every rule in the book and whether you’re sticking to them.
Some aren’t as common but can still see you out of pocket with a fine.
Andrew Marshall, marketing & partnerships manager at CarMoney sagte: “More and more drivers are being caught out on the roads by unexpected fines.
“More publicised offences, such as making phone calls whilst driving, are already deemed unacceptable in our society but simple things such as throwing a cigarette out of a window are what we see on journeys every day, and often without consequence.”
Here is a list of some of the lesser known rules when driving on the UKs roads.
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Drivers should not be using their headlights to flash other drivers to warn them of upcoming speed traps.
This can see motorists fined up to £1,000 if caught by the police.
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Rules 110 und 111 of The Highway Code outline the rules on flashing headlights.
They say: “Only flash your headlights to let other road users know that you are there. Do not flash your headlights to convey any other message or intimidate other road users.
“Never assume that flashing headlights is a signal inviting you to proceed. Use your own judgement and proceed carefully.
Police are able to issue fines for illegal usage of car horns.
Drivers can be hit with a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) which are usually around £30.
If motorists want to contest the FPN, they maybe summoned to court which could be the fine increase up to £1,000.
The law of honking your horn is outlined in The Highway Code.
Regel 112 sagt: “Use only while your vehicle is moving and you need to warn other road users of your presence. Never sound your horn aggressively.
“You must not use your horn white stationary on the road, when driving in a built-up area between the hours of 11:30pm and 7am.”
Throwing cigarettes out of car window
Throwing your cigarette out of a car window is classed as littering.
Wenn gefangen, you can be hit with a FPN of between £50 to £100.
While smoking in a car while driving isn’t an offence, as long as the smoker is over 18, littering is – even while driving.
Stopping beyond the white line at traffic lights.
Advanced Stop Lines (ASL) are located at traffic lights to give a place for cyclists to stop on busy roads.
Creeping into this area as a driver can see you fined up to £100 – and can even gain three penalty points on their licence.
Regel 178 of The Highway Code lays out this rule saying: “Motorists, including motorcyclists, must stop at the first white line reached if the lights are amber or red and should avoid blocking the way or encroaching on the marked area at other times, z.B. if the junction ahead is blocked.”
Driving with pets loose
While driving with your pets in your car isn’t illegal, leaving them loose in your car can be punishable.
Having a pet running around the car can distract the driver, making them potentially hazardous on the road.
Regel 57 of The Highway Code says: “When in a vehicle make sure dogs or other animals are suitably restrained so they cannot distract you while you are driving or injure you, or themselves, if you stop quickly.
“A seat belt harness, pet carrier, dog cage or dog guard are ways of restraining animals in cars.”
While violating this rule of The Highway Code doesn’t carry a penalty, having your pet loose can fall under “careless driving” which can see you fined up to £5,000.
Using your phone to change music
Changing a song on your phone while driving is a punishable offence.
Drivers should not be using their phone at all behind the wheel.
Doing so can slap drivers with a £200 fine and six points on their licence.
The fine can increase to £1,000 if taken to court.
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Plus, drives will now be fined for using their phone at the wheel in any circumstance.
And cyclists will be able to ride in the centre of the lane, at certain times, in the Highway Code revamp.