The Driving Offences People Often Commit Without Realising


Every day, many people are caught drink/drug driving, speeding or driving while using mobile phones. Those crimes are well known, however there are other offences motorists may unwittingly be performing every day. Drivers have a duty to ensure they are operating within the law. The Highway Code is freely obtainable to keep drivers educated on how to use roads safely.

Here are just some of the rules you may have forgotten about.

  • It is illegal to change your name and address and not tell the DVLA.
  • It is illegal not to tell the DVLA of a medical condition, or disability, such as epilepsy, diabetes (all types,) strokes, neurological and mental health conditions, physical disabilities and visual impairments.
  • On roads with more than one lane, drivers must stay in the left hand lane unless turning right or overtaking.
  • Drivers must not throw anything out of a vehicle, including food and cigarette ends.
  • You must not drive on a pavement, footpath or bridleway, unless gaining access to a property, or in an emergency.
  • It is illegal to use a hand-held phone when supervising a learner driver, when stopped at traffic lights or queuing in traffic and when the engine is running even if you are pulled over.
  • Drivers must not stop or park within 10 metres of a junction, unless in a dedicated space.
  • Drivers must not park on a road at night, against the flow of traffic, unless in a dedicated space.
  • Drivers must not wait on single yellow lines, during the times stated.
  • Drivers must not stop to drop off or pick up passengers on school entrance markings.
  • Drivers must only flash their headlights to tell other road users they are there – not to communicate with, or to intimidate people.
  • Your car horn must never be used when your vehicle is stationary, unless another vehicle poses a danger.
  • Children up to the age of 12, or until they reach 135cm tall, must use a car seat appropriate for their weight.
  • A rear facing baby seat can only be used in the front seat when the air bag is deactivated.
  • 60MPH is the maximum speed limit for vehicles towing a caravan or trailer on a motorway.
  • Any new drivers that get 6 or more penalty points, within two years of gaining their license, have to retake their theory and practical tests.



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