When we get behind the wheel of a car, we all like to think we are responsible and considerate drivers when it comes to our on-road behaviour. Without boasting that we’re know-it-all’s, deep down we think we are familiar with all the driving laws and rules.
However, statistics tell a different story, especially around some of the most common (and serious ways) we can fall foul of the law – speeding and driving under the influence of drink or drugs. According to the RAC, there were nearly 800,000 penalty notices for speeding issued in 2015, while every year approximately 85,000 people are convicted for drink driving. Government figures also say drug driving offences are on the rise, with 8,000 cases brought to prosecution in the last 12 months.
So here at GO Vauxhall, we want to make sure you are aware of the driving laws, and have created a guide with some of the most important ‘Rules of the Road’ you need to follow.
Speeding Issues – what you should know
The most common driving offence is speeding. Understanding the law and the potential consequences of breaking the rules are extremely important to ensure there are fewer speeding-related accidents.
To be clear, in the eyes of the law you are liable for a speeding fine as soon as you exceed the speed limit. So, doing 31 mph in a 30 mph limit or 71mph on a motorway is breaking the law. No ifs, no buts.
There is a common driving myth which says you can travel 10 per cent over the speed limit without receiving a fine. But, this isn’t technically true. According to the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) this rule is allowed as guidance for enforcement, and they will permit 10 per cent over the speed limit plus 2mph only in certain circumstances.
There are many ways you can be penalised for breaking the law for speeding. We’ve listed here just some of the consequences:
Drink and Drug driving
Like speeding, instances of drink and drug driving are taken extremely seriously by law enforcers. Offenders can be disqualified and, depending on the circumstances and severity of the case, also receive a fine or even be sent to prison. Again, this will mean they would have to apply for a new licence after being disqualified.
In some cases, ‘high risk offenders’ must prove they are fit to drive again, and pass a medical examination with one of the DVLA’s appointed doctors.
Did you know?
Do you think you know all the driving rules? We’ve listed a dozen laws with their penalties below – how many were you aware of?