Updated: Jul 16, 2022
There are many driving offences that can lead to fines, such as speeding or illegal parking, but there are also some offences that aren’t as commonly known which can land you some hefty fines.
Thanks to new research, Zuto have identified that splashing pedestrians can cost you up to £5,000 and have also provided some top tips to help avoid fines like these and stay safe on the roads in the warmer weather.
Driving in flip-flops
Under Rule 97 of the Highway Code, drivers are advised they must have “footwear and clothing which does not prevent you using the controls in the correct manner”.
Therefore, if you’re wearing flip-flops, high heels, or any other unsecured footwear that could affect the way you drive, you could be deemed to be breaking the law and receive a fine of up to £5,000.
The best way to get around this problem is to keep an extra pair of old trainers or flat shoes in your car to put on while you’re driving.
How to drive in high sunshine
Invest in a pair of sunglasses: Keeping a good pair of sunglasses in your car will protect your eyes from UV rays and drastically reduce the sunrays which can obstruct your vision. However, if you usually use glasses to drive, try out some prescription sunglasses so your vision is not impacted and your eyes are still protected from the UV rays.
Leave a greater distance between you and the car in front of you: Bright light reduces your reaction time so leaving that little more extra room will make sure you’re covered.
Lucy Sherliker, Head of Customer at Zuto, says: “Although many people are unaware of these Highway Code Rules, it’s important to know the laws of the road, not only to avoid being financially penalised, but to also keep everyone safe while driving.“