Spanish automobile model SEAT has recognized the highest 5 most typical driving myths.
In accordance with a survey of two,000 UK motorists, prime of the desk sits not being allowed to drive barefoot, with greater than half of drivers believing this to be true.
1. You aren’t allowed to drive barefoot – 52%
While it’s not unlawful to drive barefoot, it’s the accountability of the motive force to all the time be sure that they’re in full management of the automobile. Driving barefoot doesn’t afford the identical braking response as driving in a sturdy shoe, and different elements, reminiscent of if the motive force’s ft are moist, might jeopardise the motive force’s management of the automobile. It’s due to this fact strongly really helpful drivers all the time drive in appropriate footwear.
2. You aren’t allowed to drive in flip flops or Wellington boots – 49%
As above, it’s not unlawful to drive in flip flops or Wellingtons, however it’s the accountability of the motive force to make sure that they’re all the time in full management of the automobile.
3. The one time you may enter an energetic bus lane is to let an emergency automobile move – 47%
Drivers can nonetheless obtain a high-quality for getting into a bus lane to let an emergency automobile move. Actually, there’s an excellent probability this automobile will use the bus lane to keep away from site visitors, so it may be unhelpful if drivers transfer into it. Ought to you end up in a bus lane, you need to all the time endeavour to exit as quickly as attainable whether it is secure to take action.
4. Youngsters underneath the age of 12 should sit within the backseat – 38%
Actually, youngsters underneath the age of 12 can sit in both the entrance or again of the automobile. Nonetheless, if they’re within the entrance of a automobile in a rearward going through youngster automobile seat, then the passenger airbag have to be deactivated. It’s unlawful if the airbag is energetic. It is usually crucial to make use of the proper youngster seat for underneath 12s or these underneath 1.35m in top. Regardless of the regulation permitting it, it’s strongly really helpful that youngsters all the time sit within the again seat of a automobile within the acceptable youngster restraint.
5. It’s unlawful to drive at night time with the inside gentle on – 37%
Maybe the quirkiest on the listing, there isn’t any regulation to say that driving at night time with the inside gentle on is unlawful, regardless of it typically being cited as such. While authorized, it might be that if a driver is pulled over and the inside lights are decided to have impaired the motive force’s imaginative and prescient, then they may very well be charged with careless driving.
With roadgoing misconceptions in thoughts, SEAT additionally requested motorists after they final learn the Freeway Code, discovering that almost all had both not learn it within the final 5 years or by no means learn it in any respect.
Almost half of drivers (48%) additionally didn’t know the ‘Hierarchy of Street Customers’ system launched in 2022.
The hierarchy system was added to the Freeway Code in January 2022 and locations highway customers which can be most in danger within the occasion of a collision on the prime of the ‘scale’.
Information from the Division for Transport reveals a lot of pedestrian and bike owner accidents and fatalities nonetheless happen on British roads every year.
Within the yr ending June 2022, there have been 35,551 bike owner and pedestrian casualties, and 514 fatalities.