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Summer distractions – drivers urged to take care


Experts at Quotezone.co.uk are warning motorists to make sure they are aware of all the dangers the summer season can bring before they get behind the wheel.

As each new season arrives, it brings with it a whole host of issues to look out for on the road that could land unknowing drivers with fines, penalty points and even driving bans.

These changes, such as clothing suitable for warm weather, footwear and even medication, could spell trouble if drivers aren’t properly prepared. 

Car insurance comparison expert at Quotezone.co.uk Helen Rolph, says: “Summer weather in the UK is not something we’re used to and is often hard to come by, so when it arrives we tend to seize it and head to the beach or round to a friend’s garden as soon as possible, to really make the most of it.

“Some of our driving in hot weather tips are easy to forget so we just want to remind drivers, in the rush to get out into the rays, to be careful and be aware what can get them into trouble behind the wheel.”

Quotezone.co,uk’s summer driving tips: 

1.Check footwear

During the warmer weather some drivers change to scandals, flip flops and even bare feet for driving, although this isn’t illegal, it’s important that your footwear doesn’t affect your driving, if an incident occurs and you are found to not be able to operate the controls safely due to your footwear, then you could find yourself with a £100 fine and 3 penalty points.  Bare feet in particular mean you have less breaking force so it’s always safer to have sensible driving shoes in the car. Driving barefoot could also see motorists hit with a penalty for driving without due care or attention.

2.Check your view 

If drivers are planning to travel with family or friends on summer road trips or to and from airports, be sure to avoid overloading the car with people or luggage. Failing to keep their vision free from obstructions through the front or back window, could land them with a fine and three penalty points on their licence. Overloading can also lead to issues with the car’s maximum weight. The vehicle handbook will tell them the maximum weight for the car, including passengers and luggage. If this amount is exceeded and you are involved in an accident, your insurance could be invalid.

3.Check medication

The law doesn’t distinguish drug-driving caused by illicit drugs, over the counter or prescribed medication – any substance which affects driving ability could lead to convictions.  This means that even antihistamines taken to relieve the effects of hay fever, could result in serious, life-changing charges. If convicted, motorists could expect to receive at least a one-year driving ban, unlimited fines, up to six months in prison and a criminal record.  Additionally, for 11 years afterwards, condemned drivers will have the conviction displayed on their licences.

4.Check sunnies

The average pair of sunglasses is categorised as a number two, with a marginal tint and transmitting 18-43 per cent light. These are recommended for daytime driving.   Driving with inappropriate eyewear could be detrimental to pedestrians and other road users as it could leave drivers unable to detect dangers on the road.  Motorists could be hit with a £100 on-the-spot fine and up to three penalty points for driving without due care or attention. 

5.Check clothing

Drivers should be aware of how their summer clothing could restrict them once behind the wheel, summer dresses for example could restrict movement or prove a distraction. Rule 97 of the Highway Code states drivers must have footwear and clothing which does not prevent them using the controls in the correct manner.** 

As a price comparison site, Quotezone.co.uk helps people find savings on everyday household bills and essentials, including niche products such as gadget, van and courier insurance. 



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