Much as you may strive to be a safe and courteous driver, you could actually be breaking the law without realising it.
Here are a few motoring mistakes that could get you into hot water with the law.
1. Putting the main driver down as a ‘named’ driver on your insurance
It might be tempting to try this, especially if you have under 25s in your households whose insurance as a main driver can be eye-wateringly expensive.
However, this is illegal and, as well as invalidating your insurance, could result in you landing yourself in court for insurance fraud – a criminal offence which carries fines of up to £5,000 and six points on your licence.
2. Failing to buckle up your pets
It is a legal requirement that dogs and other animals are restrained when in the car so that they can’t distract the driver or become missiles in the event of an accident or sudden braking.
Failure to buckle your pets up by using harnesses, cages or pet carriers breaks the law and invalidates your car insurance.
3. Using your mobile phone as a sat nav in an unfixed position
If you use your phone as a sat nav it must be fixed to your windscreen or dashboard and easily visible.
Holding it in your hand or placing it on the passenger seat or on your lap is illegal and can attract six points on your licence and a £200 fine. If you have had your licence for less than two years, you could also face a driving ban.
4. Driving in the middle lane of the motorway
If you’re a middle lane hogger you are actually guilty of careless driving for which the punishment is three points and a £100 fine, so remember to pull back into the inside lane after overtaking.
5. Beeping your horn in anger
Your horn should only be used to alert someone that you are there. Using it as a means of venting your frustration at other people’s inconsiderate driving could be met with a £30 fine.