Driving

Nine driving offences you didn’t know were illegal

There are numerous rules and restrictions around driving, ranging from alcohol consumption to speed limits.

But did you know these nine common driving habits are actually illegal?

This is a driving offence under rule 248 of the Highway Code, which states You MUST NOT park on a road at night facing against the direction of the traffic flow unless in a recognised parking space.

1. Parking the wrong way round at night

This is a driving offence under rule 248 of the Highway Code, which states You MUST NOT park on a road at night facing against the direction of the traffic flow unless in a recognised parking space.
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Flashing your lights to allow other drivers to go can be considered a driving offence if an accident results from doing so. Headlight flashes should only be used to warn drivers of your presence on the road.

2. Flashing your lights to give way

Flashing your lights to allow other drivers to go can be considered a driving offence if an accident results from doing so. Headlight flashes should only be used to warn drivers of your presence on the road.
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Hogging the middle lane of the motorway is an offence, listed under careless driving. New laws introduced in 2013 allow police officers to hand out on-the-spot fines of 100 and three penalty points to lane-hoggers.

3. Hogging the middle lane of the motorway

Hogging the middle lane of the motorway is an offence, listed under careless driving. New laws introduced in 2013 allow police officers to hand out on-the-spot fines of 100 and three penalty points to lane-hoggers.
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Beeping your horn between 11.30pm and 7am in a built-up area is an illegal driving offence that you may not be aware of.

4. Beeping your horn at certain hours

Beeping your horn between 11.30pm and 7am in a built-up area is an illegal driving offence that you may not be aware of.
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