Drivers risk a £5,000 fine for these four common driving mistakes

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DRIVERS could be hit with huge fines if they make any of these four common driving mistakes.

Motorists who are rusty on the rules of the road should be aware they could be hit with a £5,000 fine for eating, being distracted by passengers, adjusting their seat or swerving from one lane to another other.

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Drivers could be hit with a £5,000 fine if they break the rules of the road while drivingCredit: Getty
Swerving from one lane to another could land you in hot water for careless driving

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Swerving from one lane to another could land you in hot water for careless drivingCredit: Getty

Some of these behaviors may fall under the offense of “reckless and reckless driving” or qualify as driving without care or attention.

According to Rule 148 of the Highway Traffic Act, drivers must “avoid distractions while driving or riding, such as…trying to read maps, starting or adjusting music or radio…eating and drinking .

Under traffic laws, motorists can be penalized for driving carelessly or carelessly, but this is not necessarily a black-and-white offence.

However, any driving that shows a lack of awareness of road hazards or disregard for other road users (whether deliberate or not) could fall into this category.

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Getting distracted by car passengers, adjusting your sitting position, and swerving from one lane to another are just a few common examples of getting distracted while driving.

These offenses could not only result in fines of £5,000 but up to nine points on a driving licence. Some motorists may even be prohibited from driving in serious cases.

It comes after changes to the Code last month meant drivers could be hit with a £1,000 fine for opening their doors incorrectly.

Motorists should also be vigilant as a change to the traffic rules in January meant there were £100 fines for stopping or parking in 12 new places.

Volkswagen Financial Services UK reminds drivers to avoid four common behaviours.

Research from the car finance provider shows that 24% of Britons are planning a domestic car trip this spring, with such journeys typically involving long journeys.

Mike Todd, CEO of Volkswagen Financial Services UK, said: “Not everyone knows these rules of the road, but it is extremely important that people understand what they can and cannot do while driving.

“With the end of the Covid restrictions in England, we are likely to see more drivers on the road, so it is more important than ever to be alert and not distracted in the car.

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“Knowing and obeying the laws of the road is essential not only to avoid a fine, but to keep everyone on our roads safe.”

It’s also important to note that adjusting your radio or touching your GPS while driving can also land you in hot water.

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