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Driving offences you’ve probably never heard of that carry HUGE fines and penalties

A surprising number of UK motorists could be unknowingly breaking the law, risking hefty fines and points in the process.

Over half (52%) of British drivers are unaware that road rage, including swearing and displaying rude or offensive gestures to other drivers, is a crime and can result in potential fines of up to £1,000. It’s estimated that over two fifths (43%) of drivers have been victims of road rage1.

The study, conducted by CarParts4Less, also found that a similar number (54%) did not know that playing loud music deemed to be alarming, distressing or annoying can result in a £100 fine, a police caution and even the car being seized if the offences continue.

Over two in five (43%) were unaware that splashing a pedestrian when driving through a puddle could result in three points and a £100 fixed penalty notice, whilst a third (32%) did not know that using your smartphone as a sat nav could be punishable with six points and a £200 fine.

It seems driving wisdom comes with age, as older generations were more likely to be aware that swearing at other drivers is an offence than younger generations. Only 41% of 18-24-year-olds were aware, compared to 56% of over 65s.

Here are the road rules British drivers are least aware of:

  1. 54% were unaware that playing music too loud could result in a £100 fine. You could even have your car seized if you continue to offend

  2. 52% of drivers were unaware they could be fined up to £1,000 for swearing at other drivers

  3. 43% of motorists didn’t know that it’s illegal to splash a pedestrian. Doing so intentionally could result in three points and a £100 fine

  4. 32% didn’t know that using your smartphone as a sat-nav could result in a £200 fine and six points

  5. 24% of drivers didn’t know that driving with dirty number plates is an offence, with fines of up to £1,000

A spokesperson for CarParts4Less said: “It’s not uncommon for drivers to develop bad habits over time and while most people will swear out of frustration or play their music loud, it’s important to be aware that this behaviour can land you in trouble if it goes too far.

“We advise that all motorists stay up to date with the laws of the road to avoid any unnecessary penalty points or hefty fines. Make sure your smartphone is correctly secured if using it as a sat-nav, be careful when driving through puddles and most importantly, be kind and considerate to other road users!”