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"Driving Myths"

Separating fact from fiction about driving in the UK

No matter how long you have been driving, you may have heard many old wives tales about driving in the UK from family members, your driving instructor or well-meaning friends, but what is the truth?

Read our top five driving myths, as we put the record straight.
No matter how long you have been driving, you may have heard many old wives tales about driving in the UK from family members, your driving instructor or well-meaning friends, but what is the truth?

Read our top five driving myths, as we put the record straight.
1) Is it illegal to eat or drink whilst driving?
You may see drivers eating a quick snack or drinking coffee whilst driving. If you have control of your car whilst eating or drinking, it is not illegal, but it is not advised.
2) Is it illegal to use your phone to pay at a drive-thru?
Sadly, this one is illegal and carries a hefty fine if caught. Legally, when paying at a drive-thru you should put your handbrake on and switch your engine off and do not forget to take your keys out of the ignition.
3) Is it illegal to splash pedestrians as you drive by them?
If this has happened to you in the past, then yes, the driver was breaking the law. It is a criminal offence, commonly known as ‘driving without reasonable consideration for other persons” and if convicted, could result in three points and a fine up to £5,000.
4) Is it illegal to wear earphones while driving?
We often see younger drivers using earpieces to chat on their phones hand-free. Whilst there is no law stopping you from doing this, wearing earphones or an earpiece could make it difficult to hear car horns, emergency vehicles and increase the risk of an accident. Whilst it is not illegal, it is not recommended.
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5) Is it illegal to run a red light if you are letting an emergency vehicle through?
When the blue lights go on, your first reaction may be to move out of the way, but running a red light to do so is illegal. The Highway Code states drivers must take “appropriate action” to allow emergency vehicles to pass, while “complying with all traffic signs”. Failure to do this could result in an on-the-spot fine and three points.
1) Is it illegal to eat or drink whilst driving?
You may see drivers eating a quick snack or drinking coffee whilst driving. If you have control of your car whilst eating or drinking, it is not illegal, but it is not advised.
2) Is it illegal to use your phone to pay at a drive-thru?
Sadly, this one is illegal and carries a hefty fine if caught. Legally, when paying at a drive-thru you should put your handbrake on and switch your engine off and do not forget to take your keys out of the ignition.
3) Is it illegal to splash pedestrians as you drive by them?
If this has happened to you in the past, then yes, the driver was breaking the law. It is a criminal offence, commonly known as ‘driving without reasonable consideration for other persons” and if convicted, could result in three points and a fine up to £5,000.
4) Is it illegal to wear earphones while driving?
We often see younger drivers using earpieces to chat on their phones hand-free. Whilst there is no law stopping you from doing this, wearing earphones or an earpiece could make it difficult to hear car horns, emergency vehicles and increase the risk of an accident. Whilst it is not illegal, it is not recommended.
5) Is it illegal to run a red light if you are letting an emergency vehicle through?
When the blue lights go on, your first reaction may be to move out of the way, but running a red light to do so is illegal. The Highway Code states drivers must take “appropriate action” to allow emergency vehicles to pass, while “complying with all traffic signs”. Failure to do this could result in an on-the-spot fine and three points.
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