Post on October 31, 2014 - Road Respect
Myth 1: If you only have one and a half pints, you’ll definitely be under the limit.
This is false; everyone has a different tolerance to alcohol. Some mouthwashes can cause people to read over the limit. Just don’t drink and drive, if you know you are going to be drinking don’t take your car, and if you do have your car you can always leave it and pick it up later.
Myth 2: It’s illegal to drive barefoot.
This is false; it’s not advised to drive barefoot because it can cause your foot to slip off the pedal. As long as it doesn’t impair your driving, you can wear what you like on your feet. It’s best to wear hard soled shoes to drive, and really who wants to drive around barefoot it’ll make your car smell.
Myth 3: It’s illegal to eat and drive.
This is false; although it is not illegal to eat and drive, it is illegal to be distracted while driving, if it seems you could be in danger while eating, it can be seen as careless driving and that is illegal. Its easy to be in a hurry and think you’ll grab something to eat in the car but it’s not safe, and wouldn’t you rather be safe and hungry, than full with a busted up car.
Myth 4: You can’t get a ticket for driving too slow.
This is false; you can get a ticket for driving too slow, it can be almost as dangerous as driving too fast. If police think you’re a risk to the road you can be fined. Its rare these days that people drive slower than the speed limit, but some people do, and its always a danger to drive too slow, as it means that other people drive to drive around you, and its dangerous to them.
Myth 5: You can go 10% over the speed limit.
This is false; many speed cameras have a 10% error built in, but if a police officer with a mobile speed gun catches you speeding, you can still receive the penalty for speeding. Also some cars have a built in speedometer and show you a 10% higher speed than your travelling.
Myth 6: Furry dice can cause you to fail you MOT.
This is actually true!; any distraction that’s larger than 4cm can be classed as vision impairment. Some mechanics will inform you of this before putting your car in for its MOT. Furry dice are a generalisation, but even having air fresheners that are too wide or anything hanging from your wing mirror can cause an obstructed view.
Myth 7: You can fool a speed camera with reflective plates.
This is false; you cannot fool a speed camera with reflective plates, because the plates that are reflective enough to reflect the flash are not sold anywhere legal. Also not all speed cameras flash anyway so you wouldn’t fool a speed camera that doesn’t flash.
Myth 8: Examiners only pass a certain number of people per day and if you have test later in the day then you will probably fail.
This is false; examiners will pass anyone if they think they are competent enough to pass. The reason you are more likely to fail in the afternoon is because you have had longer to get nervous and therefore preform poorer.
Myth 9: You wont get points on your license in a hire car.
This is false; the hire company will notify the authorities with the drivers name and details so that the driver will still receive the penalty.
Myth 10: You can use your phone if your car is stationary.
This is false; its illegal to use your phone while the engine of the car is turned on. The only time its okay to use your phone inside of a car is when you are safely parked in a designated parking area. It’s never safe to text in traffic, even if your car if stationary, but your phone in your bag or glove box, out of sight out of mind.
They are the top 10 driving myths that we have heard. Its better to drive safe than sorry, even if something isn’t illegal doesn’t mean it’s not unadvisable. Always wear your shoes while driving. In fact always wear all clothes while driving.
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