But there are a few less common rules a new study has found, that people are either unaware of, or straight up ignore.
And not recognising these rules could easily add up to thousands of pounds worth of fines and enough points to lose your licence.
Have you splashed a pedestrian in the last 12 months, risking a £5,000 fine and three points?
One in 5 of have admitted to having splashed a pedestrian in the last year.
The law states that splashing a pedestrian could lead to prosecution under the Road Traffic Act for careless, aggressive and inconsiderate driving.
Using your phone to pay in a drive-through could land you with £1,000 fine and six points
Unless you have your handbrake on and the engine off, using your phone for any purpose is forbidden. And that includes paying on your phone. Of those that had visited drive through in the past 12 months, 71% admitted to using their phone while waiting with the engine on.
4 out of 10 pet owners are risking nine points and a £5,000 fine by letting their pet roam free in the car
We all know that seeing a dog ride the passenger seat in the car is cute, but the drivers could land themselves in a lot of trouble if the police ever decided to enforce the actual law. As, under the highway code, animals must be suitably restrained when driving.
Number plate a bit mucky? This could cost you £1,000
If you’ve driven somewhere a bit muddy and haven’t cleaned it off your number plate, it could lead to a fine under the Vehicle Excise and Registration Act. According to our study, one in ten people have been driving with an ineligible registration in the past year.
Using a SAT NAV or mobile phone that isn’t securely fastened down could cost you £1,000 and six points
Use your phone as a Sat-Nav? Don’t always have it securely fastened down? Iit could lead to a serious hit on your wallet and half the required number of points it takes to lose your license.
Flashing another car to warn of a speed trap will cost you £1,000 in fines
To many drivers, around a fifth of you in fact, it may seem courteous to let other drivers know that they are approaching a speed trap. But would you be so helpful if you knew you’re risking a £1000 fine each time you do it?
Select Car Leasing have created a quiz to see how many points and fines you could have racked up in the last 12 months but not being aware of all the laws, and how you compare to the rest of the country.
Test your knowledge of driving violations that could cost you your licence here: https://www.selectcarleasing.co.uk/driving-laws/index.html
This test shows how many driving violations you’ve committed in the past year.
On average, people who took this test collected over 12 points and around £5,000 in fines - are you risking losing your licence through poor knowledge of these unusual laws?