DRIVERS have been warned they could face a £1,000 fine if they use common “thank you” gestures.
Most drivers think that waving at other drivers is a polite gesture, but it can be dangerous for others.
The Highway Code states that you should drive with both hands on the wheel whenever possible to ensure the driver is always in full control of the vehicle.
This means that if you simply take your hand off the wheel, you could face a fine.
Rule 160 of the Highway Code states: “Drive or ride with both hands on the steering wheel or handlebars whenever possible.
“In this way, you retain full control of the vehicle at all times.
“You are allowed to use driver assistance systems while driving.
“Make sure you use each system according to the manufacturer’s instructions.”
According to the government, “Many of the rules of the code are prescribed by law and by using those rules you are committing a criminal offence.
“You can be fined, penalized points on your license or banned from driving.
“In the most serious cases you can go to prison.”
A study by Comparethemarket’s car insurance team has found that many motorists are unaware that certain actions that are often perceived as good manners are actually illegal.
Julie Daniels, a company car expert, shared some tips and warnings about these “unofficial rules of the road” to ensure you stay safe and avoid a hefty fine.
She says warning other drivers of upcoming speed traps, such as B. mobile speed cameras, exposes drivers to the risk of a fine of up to £1,000.
Warning other mobile speed camera drivers constitutes an interference with police duty, which is an offense under Section 89 of the Police Act.
According to their study, 60% of drivers admit to waving to other drivers to say “thank you.”
If you want to thank other drivers for any reason, consider getting your passenger to wave on your behalf.
Meanwhile, you could be fined £200 for using phones while driving.
It could even mean your passenger being fined for using a phone.