Driving fine: Drivers warned of huge fines for little-known offenses

Experts at car insurance price comparison website Quotezone.co.uk have warned drivers of some of the more unusual road traffic offenses that drivers may not even realize they are breaking. From flashing a fellow driver to splashing a pedestrian, there are many surprising motoring laws that can catch out even the most careful of drivers.

Greg Wilson, the founder of Quotezone.co.uk, said: “Most of us are aware that we will receive a fine and points on our license for speeding or talking on a mobile phone.

“But there are many rules and regulations of the road that we may not have been taught directly, that are very important to know in order to avoid prosecution.

“Motorists often assume that they only risk points on their license by driving too fast, running a red light or causing an accident, but being a safe driver and keeping your license clean isn’t as simple as that.

“Being wary of the less obvious rules, regulations and laws can keep drivers out of trouble with the law and help keep their insurance premiums down at a time when we all need to keep costs to a minimum.”

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Attempting to warn other drivers of a speed camera or a police speed trap carries a maximum penalty of £1,000 for willfully obstructing a police officer.

Driving too slowly

This rule is one that sparks controversy because some consider it unfair or harsh, while others believe that by eradicating slow drivers, traffic jams will be less severe.

Although there is no minimum speed limit on motorways for example, if drivers are caught driving dangerously slowly, they can be pulled over by the police.

Depending on the severity of the offense, a common penalty is a £100 fine and three points for not showing reasonable consideration to other drivers.

Driving with an unsecured pet

Although this offense usually attracts a fine and three points, this could increase to nine points for more serious offenses.

Most motorists aren’t aware that it is dangerous and illegal to have a pet dog in the car unsecured while driving.

Swearing

Getting angry behind the wheel could land drivers in trouble, especially when it is excessive.

Not only can this be classified as a breach of peace, but it could also leave motorists with a fine of up to £1,000 and three points on the license.

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