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Sometimes drivers spend too much time focussing on the larger offences and forget that there are many lesser ones that can still equate to a ticket. Identifying which offences could be easily avoided will help to prevent drivers from getting into bother behind the wheel.
It’s not just offences such as speeding, wearing a seatbelt and using a mobile phone that can draw attention to the police. While these crimes are illegal and should be avoided at all costs, there are a host of additional infringements, some better known than others. which can result in drivers picking up unexpected fines.
Advice from GEM road safety encourages all road users to brush up on their Highway Code knowledge and ensure they are not putting themselves at risk of a penalty ticket. Below GEM has identified 5 situations, where getting it wrong could lead to a penalty.
Give cyclists room
Did you know that the recommended distance for passing a cyclist is 1.5 metres. If you’re seen overtaking too close to a cyclist, you could face prosecution. This could incur a £100 fixed penalty ticket and three points on your licence.
Avoid Pedestrian Crossings
Avoid parking at a pedestrian crossing. Nobody is allowed to park on the zig-zag lines found at pedestrian crossings (unless it’s an emergency situation or the reason you stopped was beyond your control). If you do, you risk a £100 fine and three penalty points on your licence.
Check your number plate
Is your number plate legal? Number-plates should always display your vehicle registration number correctly. The DVLA state that number plates must be made from a reflective material, and be black on white for the front and black on yellow for the rear. In addition, strict rules apply concerning fonts, styles and letter sizes. Failure to follow these rules will lead to a £100 non-endorsable ticket.
Check your tyres
Make regular checks of your tyre pressures and tread depths. The minimum legal tread depth is 1.6mm across the all-round central three-quarters of the tyre. If one of your tyres is below this, you face a £100 fine with three points on your licence. If more than one tyre is faulty, you will face a court hearing where you can receive a fine of up to £2,500 and three points per tyre.
Check your Satnavs and dashcams
Check you haven’t got any obstruction to your windscreen. Windscreen obstruction is measured by zones. Zone A refers to the area directly in front of you when you’re driving, and this area must not contain any obstruction measuring over 10mm in diameter. Zone B refers to the rest of the windscreen, where stickers and other obstructions) must not measure more than 40mm.
Clean your screen
The Highway Code states that “windscreens and windows MUST be kept clean and free from obstructions to vision”. So if you use a satnav, then it makes sense to buy a holder you can insert into an air vent, rather than risk mounting it on the windscreen. A dashcam should be mounted between the rear-view mirror and windscreen, as this ensures it is entirely out of your view when driving. If you do not have a ‘full view’ of the road and traffic ahead, you can be fined £200 with six points on your licence.