REVEALED: The Road Laws You Didn't Know You Were Breaking!

REVEALED: The Road Laws You Didn't Know You Were Breaking!

Posted 18 November, 2019 at 16:57

Author Mark Bradshaw on behalf of (IFM) Independent Forecourt Magazine


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With over 300 laws and counting in the highway code, it’s hard for drivers these days to keep track.

And while you’re probably savvy with the basics, are there any road laws you didn’t know you were breaking?

To find out, Click4reg.co.uk quizzed 2,192 British drivers on some of the more unusual/niche rules of the road.

Please find the full results below:

Law/rule

Percentage aware

Percentage guilty

Using phone to pay at drive-through

23

78

Swearing/aggressive behaviour

41

67

Beeping horn whilst stationary

30

63

Driving over 30mph on street-lit road

37

61

Fitting sat nav to wrong part of windscreen

15

55

Unnecessarily loud music

43

52

Leaving a car idling

24

44

Driving with unrestrained pets

28

42

Allowing a baby to be cradled whilst car is moving

39

40

Eating/drinking/applying makeup at the wheel

52

39

Hogging middle lane of motorway

59

38

Splashing pedestrians

18

37

Leaving a car whilst stopped on single yellow

46

35

Sleeping in car whilst drunk

13

33

Dirt-obscured view of number plates

71

27

Using unfixed mobile as a sat nav

66

26

Not clearing snow from roof/ice from windscreens

51

19

Driving too slowly

68

15

Flashing cars to alert them of speed traps

37

10

Resting on hard shoulder

71

7

Highlights:

By far, the rule most broken is using a phone to pay at drive-throughs. Using a phone behind the wheel is a known offence which apparently doesn’t apply when you’re hungry. Only 23% were aware it was illegal and a whopping 78% admitted to doing it.

To the displeasure of hot-heads, you can be prosecuted for being overly aggressive behind the wheel. As the second most broken rule, only 41% knew this and 67% admit to doing it.

Similarly, beeping the horn whilst stationary (unless for a valid reason) can also get you into trouble. Only 30% knew this wasn’t allowed, and 63% have done it, placing it in third.

Considering the bottom of the table, drivers are most confident with not resting on the hard shoulder. 71% knew this isn’t allowed, and thankfully only 7% have.

Brits are also disciplined when it comes to alerting other drivers of speed cameras/traps. While only 37% knew you can’t do this, only 10% have actually done it.

And similarly, driving too slowly doesn’t appear to be an issue. 68% of respondents knew this was against the highway code, and only 15% have done so.

Five most broken rules:

  1. Using phone to pay at drive-through – 78%
  2. Swearing/aggressive behaviour – 67%
  3. Beeping horn whilst stationary – 63%
  4. Driving over 30mph on street-lit road – 61%
  5. Fitting sat nav to the wrong part of windscreen – 55%

Five least known rules:

  1. Sleeping in the car whilst drunk – 13%
  2. Fitting sat nav to the wrong part of windscreen – 15%
  3. Splashing pedestrians – 18%
  4. Using phone to pay at drive-through – 23%
  5. Leaving a car idling – 24%

Credit https://www.click4reg.co.uk/  

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