With the warm weather looking like it is here to stay – motorists are more likely to break some laws they are unaware of.
As exciting as the hot weather is, it’s vital not to take your foot off the brake when it comes to road safety.
To avoid being burnt by any nasty fines, points on your licence (or losing it altogether), National Scrap Car, the UK’s premier marketplace for scrap vehicles, have listed out the warm weather habits drivers should avoid at all costs.
Wearing impractical footwear at the wheel
Potential fine: £5,000 + penalty points
Drinking and driving
Potential fine: Up to £2,500 fine + possible driving ban
In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, the drink-drive alcohol limit for drivers is: 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood; 107 mg of alcohol per 100ml of urine 35 mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath
Changing the music on a playlist
Potential fine: £200 + penalty points
Leaving dogs in hot cars
Potential fine: Unlimited fine + potential jail sentence
Taking hay fever medication
Potential fine: Unlimited fine + one-year driving ban
Overloading the vehicle
Potential fine: £300 + penalty points
Amy Josling, car and scrappage expert from National Scrap Car, said, “Warm weather always puts a smile on everyone’s face and people will want to make the most of it by jumping in the car and planning fun trips away. But as temperatures start to rise, it’s important to be aware of the latest rules and laws that could find drivers in a lot of trouble.”
“Being safe on the road is key to having a fun time this summer and the police will be clamping down on motorists to avoid as many accidents as possible when the roads are busy.”
“The regulations are always changing for drivers so it’s important to keep up to date, and with petrol costs continuing to rise in the UK along with the cost of living increases, the last thing anyone needs right now is to be lumped with a huge fine – if it can be avoided.”