With more than 300 laws in the highway code, it is likely that some drivers may be breaking the law without knowing it, a new survey by Click4reg.co.uk suggests. The website quizzed 2,192 British drivers on some of the more unusual rules of the road, with some surprising results.
By far the rule most broken is using a phone to pay at drive-throughs. Only 23 per cent were aware it was illegal and a whopping 78 per cent admitted to doing it.
You can be prosecuted for being overly aggressive behind the wheel. As the second most broken rule, only 41 per cent knew this and 67 per cent admit to doing it.
Similarly, beeping the horn whilst stationary (unless for a valid reason) can also get you into trouble. Only 30 per cent knew this wasn’t allowed, and 63 per cent have done it, placing it in third.
Considering the bottom of the table, drivers are most confident with not resting on the hard shoulder. 71 per cent knew this isn’t allowed, and thankfully only 7 per cent have.
Brits are also disciplined when it comes to alerting other drivers of speed cameras/traps. While only 37 per cent knew you can’t do this, only 10 per cent have actually done it.
And similarly, driving too slowly doesn’t appear to be an issue. 68 per cent of respondents knew this was against the highway code, and only 15 per cent have done so.
|Law/rule||Percentage aware||Percentage guilty|
|Using phone to pay at drive-through||23||78|
|Beeping horn whilst stationary||30||63|
|Driving over 30mph on street-lit road||37||61|
|Fitting sat nav to wrong part of windscreen||15||55|
|Unnecessarily loud music||43||52|
|Leaving a car idling||24||44|
|Driving with unrestrained pets||28||42|
|Allowing a baby to be cradled whilst car is moving||39||40|
|Eating/drinking/applying makeup at the wheel||52||39|
|Hogging middle lane of motorway||59||38|
|Leaving a car whilst stopped on single yellow||46||35|
|Sleeping in car whilst drunk||13||33|
|Dirt-obscured view of number plates||71||27|
|Using unfixed mobile as a sat nav||66||26|
|Not clearing snow from roof/ice from windscreens||51||19|
|Driving too slowly||68||15|
|Flashing cars to alert them of speed traps||37||10|
|Resting on hard shoulder||71||7|