Everyone knows the big rules to follow when you’re driving to avoid breaking the law or being fined. Wear your seatbelt, don’t use your phone, stop at red light.
But there are loads of other reasons that drivers could be slapped with a fine that you aren’t always thinking about. If you don’t know about them, these seemingly minor rules could lead to thousands of pounds in fines.
With the world now open again, and holidays looming on the horizon, it’s important that you car is in the right condition for any long journeys ahead. Here are seven ways you could be slapped with a fine if you fail to check before you travel, according to Vanarama.
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1. Tires with insufficient tread depth – £ 2500 fine per tire
The minimum requirement for tire tread depth is 1.6mm across the central ¾ of the tire width. If you are found driving on tires that have tread lower than the legal minimum, you can risk receiving up to 3 penalty points on your driving license and a fine of £ 2,500 per illegal tire.
2. Windscreen wipers that don’t work properly – up to £ 2,500
Section 40a of The Road Traffic Act states that: “A person is guilty of an offense if he uses, or causes or permits another to use, a motor vehicle or trailer on a road when the condition of the motor vehicle or trailer, or of its accessories or equipment is such that the use of the motor vehicle or trailer involves a risk of injury to any person. ”
This applies to windscreen wipers. Any splits or wear in the wipers could prevent them from clearing water properly or leaving streaks in the line of view. You could be met with a fine of up to £ 2,500 as well as three penalty points for wipers that are insufficient.
3. Broken headlight – up to £ 1,000
Driving with one headlight puts you at risk of driving with no visibility, if the other breaks whilst you are moving. Police are able to stop you and hand a fixed penalty notice fine of £ 100. If this offense is challenged in court, the fine could rise to £ 1,000.
4. Dirty windscreen – up to £ 1,000
Regulation 30 of The Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986 says drivers must keep all glass clear of obstruction. If you don’t and it affects your ability to see properly, you could be charged with careless driving in the event of an accident – which is a £ 1,000 fine and three points on your license. A good screen wash is the key to keeping your windscreen clear of grime.
5. Driving whilst uninsured – up to £ 300
While it might seem obvious, some insurance will not include driving abroad. Check that your policy includes this if you are planning to drive outside of the UK. In the UK, the police could give you a fixed penalty of £ 300 and six penalty points. If the case goes to court, you could receive an unlimited fine and be disqualified from driving.
6. Not owning a phone holder or built-in sat-nav system – up to £ 200
It is now illegal to touch your mobile phone whilst driving, including when you’re stationary in traffic. Drivers will still be able to use their phones as sat-navs, but this is only allowed if their device is ‘hands-free’ in a phone holder or a built-in sat-nav. If you’re caught breaking the rules, you could face up to a £ 200 fine and six penalty points.
7. Dirty number plate – up to £ 100
The DVLA states that drivers are legally required to display their number plate. If a police officer spots you, you may be faced with a £ 100 fine and a wipe to clean it.
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