Highway Code: UK drivers warned over summer driving rules that can lead to £2,500 fines

DRIVERS are being warned of a host of road rules that could be broken as temperatures rise in the UK.

Forecasters say this weekend’s warm weather will usher in consistently high temperatures over the next few days, meaning Brits could be basking in the official heat wave.

With sunny weather expected as early as this weekend, drivers are at risk of breaking traffic laws that many of us are unaware of.

Moneyshake learned the driving rules you’re probably unknowingly breaking in the heat of the moment, which could land you with a nasty fine or even points on your license.

Eben Lovatt, CEO of Moneyshake, said: “Drivers planning to stop with a bike and luggage should be careful not to overload the car or cover the number plate as they could be fined up to £2,500.

“Although some offenses seem unlikely to result in a fine, it is still very likely that you could be fined for not obeying the Road Rules in hot weather.

“We advise you not to take any chances as heat is meant to be enjoyed, not disenfranchised.”

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Here Moneyshake’s a list of 8 UK driving laws we’re all breaking without realizing it in the heat

1) Freeing a dog from a hot car

Maximum penalty: 10 years in prison

We all know that you should never leave your pet in a hot car. But what happens if you see a dog suffering from the heat – are you allowed to break the window and free them?

If you can’t justify breaking into a car, it could be considered criminal damage. The Crown Prosecution Service says destroying or damaging someone else’s property can lead to up to 10 years in prison.

If an animal is suffering in a hot car, dial 999 and the police will tell you what to do.

2) Wear sunglasses – or don’t wear them

Maximum penalty: ban, 3-9 points and unlimited fine

According to the AA, everyday sunglasses may be too dark for driving. Some sunglasses can also affect vision, as the edge of the frame blocks peripheral vision. If your sunglasses are not suitable for driving, you can be charged with careless and careless driving.

On the other hand, the Road Traffic Act says you must stop if you are ever “blinded by bright sunlight”. If you don’t wear the appropriate sunglasses that safely don’t blind you, you could be at risk of a reckless driving ticket.

3) Contactless payment at the auto shop

Maximum penalty: ban, 3 points and a fine of £1,000

With more lane reopenings, drivers are encouraged to use contactless payments. But if you use Google Pay and Apple Pay at the drive-thru window, you could be fined for using a mobile phone while driving.
4) The air conditioner does not turn on and the window does not open

Maximum penalty: 2 years imprisonment, 3-11 points and an unlimited fine

Rule 237 of the Highway Code states that you must ventilate your car well to avoid drowsiness. Driving while tired is not an offence, but the AA says it can dramatically increase your chances of dangerous driving, which could result in a serious penalty.

We recently recorded temperatures inside the car reaching a terrifying 33°C, higher than the average summer in Mexico!

5) Medicines for hay fever

Maximum penalty: 6 months in prison, 3-11 points and an unlimited fine

A 2018 study found that 60% of hay fever sufferers admit to taking medication before getting behind the wheel. But hay fever medication can make you drowsy and cause blurred vision, making you unfit to drive.

A new regulation in the Highway Traffic Act 2015 (regulation 96) states that you must not drive while under the influence of drugs or medication.

6) Take a bicycle with you

Maximum fine: £1,000

Rear bike racks are a cheap and convenient option for taking your bike on a trip. But these racks can cover your number plates, which will lead to a large fine and your car will not pass MOT.

If you do ride with a rear-mounted bike rack, consider a light shield to clearly display your number plate, reflectors and headlights.

7) Overloading the vehicle

Maximum penalty: 3 points and a fine of £2,500

Thinking of packing your camping gear in the trunk or towing the family caravan? Beware of overloading the vehicle.

Rule 98 of the Highway Code says you must not overload your vehicle with more weight than the manufacturer’s recommendation. You may be fined for driving in an unsafe condition.

8) Driving on a wet road after a summer downpour

Maximum penalty: 2 years imprisonment, ban, 3-11 points and unlimited fine

According to the Road Surface Treatment Association (RSTA), asphalt roads can “bleed” to the surface in hot weather after rain, which reduces skid resistance and makes the road more slippery.

Thanks to the unpredictable British weather, you may find yourself driving in the heat after a sudden downpour. Drivers need to be careful – if you have an accident on a slippery road, you could be charged with dangerous driving.

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