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Are you breaking the law without even realising? Many new driving laws and rules have changed. Here you can find out all of the new driving laws – be in the know before you next get on the road.

Mobile Phones

It is an illegal offence to use your phone behind the wheel. What you might not know is that it’s also illegal to even hold your mobile in your hand while your engines on or your keys are in the ignition. Even if you are supervising a learner driver it is also illegal to use your mobile phone or similar device whilst in the passenger seat.

Don’t get caught out.

You cannot by any means use your mobile phone to: follow maps if it requires you to touch your phone, text or check social media. This rule also applies when stopped at traffic lights.

You can only use your mobile phone if your circumstances mean you need to contact emergency services and its unsafe to pull over or stop.

What happens if I get caught using a mobile phone while driving?

You could get 6 penalty points on your driver’s licence and a fine of £200. Remember: points on your licence will result in higher car insurance costs. You are at risk of losing your licence if you haven’t been driving longer then 2 years – 6 points would cost you your licence.

Throwing rubbish out of the window

Car owners are responsible for any rubbish thrown out of their car window – even if they didn’t throw it. An automatic fine of £80 is given to anyone caught throwing litter from their vehicle – and is set to rise to £150 almost double the current limit!

Tip: Keep a bag inside your car for litter and then bin it in the correct place when you can.

Swearing at other drivers

Cursing and swearing at other drivers or even making rude gestures is considered ‘disorderly’ meaning you can land yourself with a fine of up to 75% of your weekly income.

Tip: Stay calm and don’t get too raged on the road.

Driving with snow on the roof

You need a clear view of the road before you drive your car. In the eyes of the law, the snow must be cleared before you drive. The Highway Code points out that in adverse weather conditions you must by law be able to see out of every glass window in your vehicle.

Tip: Use a proper scraper and de-icer – It may cost a couple of pounds but It’s worth having the tools in your vehicle if you need it cleared.

Flashing your headlights

You could land yourself with a fine of up to £1000. You should only flash your headlights to let other road users know you are there. They should not be used as a form of communication or to convey messages to other drivers.

Tip: Only flash your headlights when you feel you need to. And certainly don’t use it to warn other drivers on police speeding fines.

Remember the rules of the road when you’re driving before you get left with a hefty bill.
Do you know of any rules that you could share with us!? We’d love to hear from you.