At Agility Fleet we take driver safety seriously, and we have noticed there are a few myths in the driving world at the moment. So, we thought we would take this opportunity to investigate these myths and bring you the facts.
Eating and drinking behind the wheel
This one is a tricky subject. It is not actually illegal to eat or drink (non-alcoholic) behind the wheel, however if the action is causing you to lose control or distract you in anyway if you are caught by the police you will be fined for driving without due care & attention (CD10). Being convicted under CD10 would mean a minimum of 3 points being added to your licence.
Driving through puddles
Whether you intend to or not driving through puddles is an offence and if caught committing the misdemeanour you can be prosecuted under the 1988 Road Traffic Act for selfish or aggressive behaviour on the road.
Driving barefoot/flip flops
FICTION. As long as you can operate the pedals safely it is not an offence to drive barefoot or in flip flops.
Speed cameras without white markers won’t catch me!
This is also fiction, there are many different types of speed cameras in the UK. Not all speed cameras have white markers on the floor to gauge your speed, it does not therefore mean they do not work. However, ensuring you do the speed limit should be the priority. Road safety is not a myth to be tested. A total of 3points and a minimum of £100 can be the result of receiving a SP30 or SP50 conviction.
You can use a mobile device whilst stationary
The law for using mobile phones or any hand-held device when driving is an offence. The definition of ‘driving’ includes whenever the engine is switched on. This being either in a traffic jam, at traffic lights or being parked up. The minimum penalty for using a handheld device whilst driving (CU80) is 3points and a £100 fine. http://www.rac.co.uk/press-centre/press-releases/motorists-muddled-over-mobile-phone-law