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Driving habits that could land you in trouble

Driving habits that will get you penalty points on your licence

Speeding offences are most likely what come to your mind when thinking about what would earn a driver points on their licence, or perhaps driving recklessly.

There are actually a variety of ways that will get you penalty points on your licence which you may not be aware of. Some of these might surprise even seasoned drivers…

Eating & Drinking While Driving

This is considered to be driving without due care and not paying enough attention to the road. This essentially includes any action that might distract a motorist behind the wheel. If caught eating while driving you could earn between 3 and 9 points on your licence.

Driving Under the Influence of Prescription Medicine

Driving under the influence of drink and drugs is an obvious driving offence, but drivers are required to check with their GP that they are legally able to drive while on prescription medication. If you are caught driving under the influence of medication you could receive a minimum 1 year driving ban, up to 6 months in prison, a very large fine and a permanent criminal record.

Driving Through Puddles

Splashing pedestrians by driving through a puddle too quickly is a legal driving offence. Motorists are required to drive with reasonable consideration for other people using the road and this includes pedestrians on the pavement. This offence will likely result in penalty points on your licence or a fine.

Driving Too Slowly

Driving too slowly is basically identified as inconsiderate driving which can be very dangerous, particularly on high speed roads such as Dual Carriageways or Motorways. Numerous accidents are caused by slow drivers every year and if caught you can face up to 9 points on your licence and a large fine.

Driving Too Close to Horses

If motorists drive too close to cyclists, motorcyclists and horses they can commit a driving offence for driving without due care and attention. Drivers are required to give these road users at least as much room as they would for another car. If caught you can receive between 3 and 9 points on your licence and a fine.

Remember to be aware and give your full attention to the road at all times when behind the wheel.