Posted by Kate Doyle

As responsible drivers the majority of us know that there are things that we should definitely avoid doing whilst we are driving. Speeding, not having any insurance or holding our phones. These are all things that could land us in trouble, and with a costly fine.

But what you may not realise is that it doesn’t end there. In fact, there are some things that you can get fined for whilst driving, that you may not even know about.

Don’t sound your horn in anger

We have all been in a situation whereby you are frustrated by a current situation on the road, or another driver. What is your most likely reaction? Sounding your horn? Your horn should only be used in order to warn other people that you are there, and never in an aggressive manner. You should also never use your horn when your car is stationary, or in a residential area at night.

Driving through a puddle and splashing a pedestrian

We are not blessed with the best weather here in the UK, so it comes as no surprise that from time to time we may have come close to splashing someone who is walking on the pavement as we drive. If you do this, it is actually illegal, and you can be fined for it. Fear not, however, this is usually reserved for those drivers that have deliberately driven through a puddle. Rather than those that it has been an honest mistake.

Having your phone in your hand

There has been plenty in the news of late about the changes to the law surrounding mobile phones in your car. Now you can be in receipt of a costly fine for simply having your phone anywhere near your hand, even if you are stopped at traffic lights.

Allowing your passengers to not wear a seatbelt

When it comes to wearing a seatbelt whilst driving many people think that is down to the passengers, but this really isn’t the case. Instead, you should make sure that you are in charge of who clips in, whilst in your car. Otherwise you could be the one to pay the fine.


We are now more aware of the dangers of smoking, and the effects that second hand smoke can have on children. This is why it is now illegal to smoke in a private vehicle if there is someone under the age of 18 in there too, even if the window is open.

Not letting the DVLA know about a medical condition

There are a variety of medical conditions that the DVLA will want to be notified about. These include:

  • Amputations
  • Angina
  • Blackouts
  • Brain cysts or tumours
  • Cataracts
  • Deafness
  • Epilepsy
  • Heart attacks
  • Night blindness
  • Pacemakers

These are just some of the conditions that require you to update the DVLA. A more extensive list can be found here.

So, now you know more about the things that you should be avoiding doing in your car. There really is no excuse about not knowing when it comes to driving and the law.

Kate Doyle

My job is to be the customer champion. When I am not working on projects that are meaningful for our customers and our brand, I’m probably online shopping, doing yoga or nattering on the phone.