There are over a whopping 30 million drivers on the road in the UK which could be a recipe for disaster if the rules of the road aren’t obeyed. We’ve got a run-down of the the worst driving habits and what the potential penalties may be if you’re caught.
The most frustrating habits…
Tailgating This is perhaps the most offending driving habit that is the cause of a lot of drivers’ road rage. The road safety charity Brake have revealed that over 50% of drivers admit to tailgating at some point, despite an overwhelming 84% of us claiming it is annoying when other drivers are doing it. Tailgating is dangerous and not allowing at least 2 seconds between your car and the car in front could lead to an accident. One third of motorway crashes that led to personal injury involved tailgating.
Failing to indicate Similarly, not indicating is another dangerous bad habit which affects not only other drivers on the road but pedestrians too. Indicating is covered in the Highway Code by in rules 103-106. Whilst there isn’t a specific offense against not indicating, not doing so can be seen as committing an offense of careless driving. Careless driving is using a vehicle on the road or another public place without due care and attention, or reasonable consideration for other people using the road.
Using your mobile phone Yes, this includes taking selfies! Using your phone whilst driving has been illegal since 2003 however 31% of drivers have admitted to using their phone on the road. Not only do we call or text whilst driving, since the introduction of smart phones it is becoming increasingly common to see someone at the wheel taking a selfie. A recent report released by RAC that surveyed 1,714 UK drivers revealed that 19% have used their phone to post on social media, with 14% admitting to taking a photo or video whilst driving. Using your phone carries hefty penalties now since the UK Government announced plans to toughen the penalties. By mid 2017, if you are caught using your phone at the wheel, you can expect to receive up to 6 points on your license and a £200 fine.
Hogging the middle lane The Highway Code states that you must drive in the left hand lane when the road ahead is clear and if you need to overtake do so and move back to the left hand lane as soon as it is safe to do so. Middle lane hogging essentially causes congestion and can be dangerous for drivers who may be forced to do multiple manoeuvres to overtake. In 2013, on the spot fines of £100 were introduced to tackle problematic motorists, as well as 3 points on your license.
So next time you hit the road, try to think about your driving habits and how they may affect other road users, By changing our habits we can make the roads a safer place to be!
What driving habits drive you up the wall?