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What’s Illegal When Driving?

What’s Illegal When Driving?
George Trout
  • On February 10, 2015

Before heading out onto the roads alone it is important to know what you should and shouldn’t be doing whilst driving; what is actually illegal and what isn’t.



The RAC’s 2014 Motoring Report shows that many of us are clueless as to what’s right and wrong when driving – and that’s not just the learner drivers! The figures show…

infographic showing what drivers think is illegal to do whilst driving. Also shws what is in fact illegal and not

All of the above are in fact illegal but the figures do not seem to rise above 70% when it comes to knowledge about whether it is actually an illegal offence or not.

A huge problem among young drivers is using a mobile phone whilst in the driver’s seat. The RAC motoring report also shows that since the use of a hand held phone was made illegal in 2003, over one million drivers have been convicted of this offence.

Even though 79% of motorists asked believe it’s illegal to check social media and 88% believe it’s illegal to text whilst driving, 90% admitted to having used a hand-held phone while driving, knowing they’re breaking the law. This might just be because motorists see it as an offence they can get away with, with 42% of motorists believing it’s unlikely they’ll be caught texting while driving.

Info graphic showing young driver stats about their own mobile usage whilst driving habits

Abiding by these laws can guarantee that you are driving safely, which as a new driver really is the top priority. So remember what is illegal and what’s not before you venture out onto the roads after your driving test.

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