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Five things you might not realise could get you penalty points

Five things you might not realise could get you penalty points

It’s easy to pick up bad habits as motorists. Gaining experience over the years is no bad thing, but it can be over long stretches of time that we develop poor driving techniques.

And though some traits aren’t all that bad, there can be some misdeeds that will weigh heavily on your wallet if you’re caught. Here are five things that you may do behind the wheel that could land you a fine or points.

Eating at the wheel

That’s right, chowing down when you’re driving can land you with up to nine points as well as even more severe financial penalties.

So while it can be tempting to eat behind the wheel - particularly when you’re undertaking longer journeys - it’s best to put aside some time to eat while the car is stationary.

Splashing pedestrians by driving through a puddle

Though not as much of an issue during the heights of summer, section 3 of the 1988 Road Traffic Act says that driving “without reasonable consideration for other persons using the road” is an offence.

Pedestrians are included as part of that, which means that if you drive through a puddle without looking to see if someone walking by is going to be splashed, then you could find yourself hit with a penalty.

Driving too slowly

We’re all aware about the potential fines and points for driving too quickly, but did you know that there can be penalties for driving too slowly as well?

If you’re found to be driving slowly enough to endanger other road users, then you can be slapped with an unlimited fine and up to nine penalty points on your licence.

Using your horn

You should only use your horn to warn other road users to your presence, according to the Highway Code.

However - regardless of where you’re driving - using your horn between 11:30pm and 7am in a built-up area can leave you liable to a fine of up to £1,000.

Failing to clean your number plate

Though it might be a bit of a chore, making sure your car is properly clean can help you avoid points and a fine.

In fact, your number plate needs to be particularly clean, as if parts of it are obscured you could find yourself hit with a £1,000 fine.

Now you know.  Make sure you don't make any of these mistakes to keep your license clean of points. 

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