|Top 5 Driving Myths Uncovered|
|We thought we would take a closer look at what you can and cannot do on our roads when behind the wheel, so here are the Top 5 Driving Myths Uncovered. |
1. Is it legal to drink whilst driving?
There is no law that says you can’t sip a bottle of water whilst operating a vehicle on UK roads however if it is deemed that you are distracted by taking a drink then you could land yourself a fine for careless driving.
2. Is it legal to smoke and drive?
This one seems to be raised quite often but the answer is yes, it is perfectly legal to smoke and drive however the same laws apply as above. If it is deemed that smoking is causing a distraction, then you could land yourself a fine. It is now illegal to smoke whilst you have any children under the age of 18 inside the vehicle. This is part of the government’s plans to reduce the intake of second-hand smoke for infants.
3. Is it legal to have open alcohol in a vehicle?
It may come as a bit of a shock, but yes this is perfectly legal. A passenger (providing they are over 18) can drink alcohol while you are driving. This is not the case however if it is a learner driver behind the wheel.
4. Is it legal to eat and drive?
You can eat while driving however the old ‘distraction’ card may be drawn once again if you do show an inability to control your vehicle. This may land you with a fine of £100 if the police officer believes you are in the wrong.
5. Is it legal to drive other vehicles with my fully comprehensive insurance policy?
This will all depend on the terms within your insurance policy. These days it is becoming less and less common that you can drive someone else’s vehicle so make sure you have read the terms and conditions carefully. There is often an option to add this feature however it usually comes at a cost. If you are unsure simply call up your insurance provider and ask them the question. It is better to be safe than sorry.
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Written by Oliver Lewis at www.premiercommercialvehicles.co.uk.