Why having a family argument while driving could see you slapped with £1,000 fine

DRIVERS have been warned they could face a hefty fine if they get into a fight with family while driving – this can be in excess of £1,000.

Brits who embark on road trips could face a hefty fine this summer.

Family trips can end in chaos


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Long driving hours can be daunting, and some people enjoy starting conversations with family members.

But conversations can escalate and you can get caught up in frosty arguments that could take your attention off the wheel.

Hippo Leasing car experts have advised people to be careful as this habit can result in a driving fine.

They said: “Being locked in a car with family for a long time always leads to arguments, be it between children or adults.”

If you do that, you can expect a staggering fine that could ruin the holidays.

“Participating in a dispute while driving, even just to defuse the children’s argument, could therefore result in a £1,000 fine for not driving properly,” experts added.

But when fights break out, excited drivers can lose their focus on the freeway.

They said: “Rule 144 of the Highway Code states that one must not drive without due caution and attention.”

If there is an inevitable quarrel with family, it is advisable to stop in time and calm down before continuing the journey.

Hippo Leasing experts have also published a list of common motorist behaviors that can also result in a fine.

Playing family car games to pass the time or overloading your car can cost you thousands of dollars.

“Taking your eyes off the road to participate in the game can result in losing awareness of traffic and the road ahead, or worse, losing control of the vehicle.”

“If you’re not in proper control of the vehicle, or if you don’t have a full view of the road and traffic ahead, you could face a £1,000 fine and three points on your licence,” driving experts say.

Others include changing drivers midway through the journey, which costs a whopping £2,500, or vlogging your ride as you drive, resulting in you paying £200 straight away.

Parents should also be aware that failing to properly secure their children in the car seat could face a £500 fine.

The alert comes as motorists have been warned they could face a hefty fine if they use a parent-child compartment, even if they have children in the car.

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The bays, which are often located near the entrances to supermarkets, offer parents convenient parking and shopping opportunities.

But now motorists have been warned they risk a £100 fine if they use the bays, even if there are children in the car.

Alley Einstein

Alley Einstein is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Alley Einstein joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing Alley@ustimespost.com.

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