7 items of clothing that could land you with a £5K fine while driving
You could find yourself with a £100 on-the-spot fine and three penalty points for careless driving if you wear inappropriate clothing that restricts you from manoeuvring correctly.
Motoring experts at CarMoney have uncovered the seven common clothing items we all wear while driving that could actually be putting us at risk of breaking the law, getting points on our licence and a hefty fine.
If the incident goes to court, the penalty could go up to a £5,000 fine, nine penalty points and even a driving ban.
Rule 97 of the Highway Code states that ‘the clothing and footwear you choose to wear whilst you are driving must not prevent you from using the controls in the correct manner.’
Alastair Grier, Managing Director of CarMoney says “The price of your car insurance is also going to increase dramatically if you are involved in a car accident, and you were behind the wheel in inappropriate clothing that forced you to drive carelessly.”
The advice to remember in order to stay safe is to:
Always keep a practical pair of footwear on hand in order to drive safely in.
Have spare clothing items if your current outfit falls into any of our seven categories.
Use your common sense: if what you’re wearing makes your drive uncomfortable, it’s probably a sign that you should change into something more practical.
It is also important to note that these are only seven examples of clothing items that may get in the way while driving, but the list is not exhaustive. If in doubt, change it out.
Take a look below at the seven common items of clothing we have all worn while driving that could be restrictive to your time behind the wheel.