Breaking the rules while you’re behind the wheel can have serious consequences, which could have an impact on the rest of your life. An estimated 250,000 UK motorists are banned from driving each year – so think twice next time you’re in a rush and drive over the speed limit or think about picking up your phone.
In fact, since the new tougher rules surrounding driving with mobile phones, almost 300 drivers have been disqualified and given automatic bans. A further 15,752 drivers received six penalty points on their license for using a mobile phone, between March and August 2017. Read on to find out what other driving offences are the most common.
Unsurprisingly, due to the technology available to catch motorists in the act, the most common driving offence is speeding. Many drivers don’t think twice about speeding, especially on motorways or country roads, but the speed limit is there for a reason and if you choose to drive faster you could be putting yourself and others in danger.
Punishments for speeding vary depending on the severity of the offence and past offences of the driver. Often motorists will receive a fine and an invitation to a compulsory speed awareness course, although sometimes points can be deducted off the license straight away.
Driving without Insurance
Car insurance is a legal requirement, yet many motorists still choose to drive without adequate cover. According to the Motor Insurer’s Bureau, there are one million uninsured drivers on Britain’s roads, and every three days someone is involved in an accident involving an uninsured driver or a hit and run driver. If caught driving without insurance, motorists can face fines up to £5,000 and vehicles can be immediately seized.
Driving under the Influence
Another common offence despite various campaigns is driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Motorists should never get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol or taking drugs, yet many take the risk if they think they’re OK to drive. You could also be breaking the law if you drive whilst taking certain medication which makes you drowsy, or if you have certain health conditions – it’s worth checking with your GP if you’re unsure.
Driving under the influence has very serious consequences including a prison sentence. If you are involved in an accident whilst under the influence you will likely be convicted.
Don’t become a statistic – drive safe and pay attention to the Highway Code while behind the wheel.