Common driving habits that we think are illegal but aren't

Every driver thinks they know the rules of the road but a recent survey has revealed the truth – that many of us rely on myth and rumour.

Some 2,000 drivers were asked about different on-the-road scenarios and whether they thought they broke the law or not, reports the MEN.

Putting on your car’s interior light while driving

The Highway Code does not say drivers must not turn their car’s interior light on while behind the wheel.

But 46 per cent of drivers asked thought this was illegal.

Driving barefoot

Three-quarters of drivers quizzed thought driving barefoot was illegal. It’s not – providing you can control the car safely.

Driving in flip flops

Nearly half of people thought it was illegal to drive in flip flops, but this isn’t the case.

As long as you can use the car’s controls in a ‘correct manner’, it’s not illegal to drive in flip flops.

Driving in high heels

From a legal viewpoint, driving in high heels is fine. Though, again, only as long as the driver has full control of the car.

Just 22per cent of people in the survey correctly identified that this was legal.

But what is actually illegal?

This is not where the confusion ends, though as many drivers were unable to identify the following habits as illegal…

  • Moving into a bus lane to let an ambulance through

  • Paying on your phone by Apple Pay at a drive-thru

  • Flashing your lights to give way to someone

  • Going 42mph in a 40mph zone and not getting caught on a speed camera

  • Pulling over to check a map or your phone with the engine running

  • Using the middle lane of the motorway for normal driving

  • Beeping your horn at someone in anger

  • Using the left-hand lane of the motorway for slow driving

  • Driving with snow on the roof of your car

  • Sleeping in your car while drunk

  • Letting your dog out for a wee on the hard shoulder even if broken down

Though these are all only minor offences, they could lead to drivers receiving Fixed Penalty Notices, and in some cases, points on their licences.

But this doesn’t stop us doing them. The survey showed 95pc of us flash our lights to give way, while 79pc of drivers beep their horn in anger, which is also illegal.

Phil Morgan, head of findandfundmycar.com, which commissioned the survey, said: “Nobody wants to have to pay a hefty fine for something that they didn’t know was going to cost them, so it’s best to know these sooner rather than later.”

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