As motorists we have long since learned that the days of carefree driving are dead and gone; they are consigned to history like the Dodo or those melodious Italian air horns of old. We are constrained and constricted by many, many laws and by-laws and regulations that apply to how we drive, where we park and what we do with or in our cars.
Most of us are aware of the vast majority of these things, like speeding, using a mobile phone, tail-gating and the like but, inevitably, there are some more obscure regulations that might have slipped our mind, lost in the fog of modern life. It’s all part of the eCars247 service that we feel duty bound to remind you of these three forgotten rules:
The Horns Of A Dilemma
As mentioned above, and as older readers will recall perhaps with just a touch of nostalgia, the time has passed when drivers were allowed to fit blaring air horns to their cars, loud enough to make someone in the next town jump with alarm. Well, that’s what they are isn’t it? Warnings. Sadly, the powers that be decreed that air horns should be banned and that manufacturers should fit more discreet devices. Now most cars have horns that sound similar to the noise a guinea pig would make if being trodden on.
There’s a reason for this: We have developed a tendency to use car horns inappropriately. In fact, the only time motorists are allowed to honk a horn is to alert other vehicles to your presence; at a dangerous junction for example, or to alert someone who appears not to be paying attention.
They are not there to deliver an opinion on another’s driving, face or circumstances of birth. They are also not there to alert that family member who said they would only be five minutes!
Speed Camera Buddies
Some people agree with the use of speed cameras, to others they are just a money-making anathema. No right thinking individual would dismiss road safety out of hand but some might say that the use of these devices are sometimes excessive, when a wagging official finger might do the job just as well. Still, it is what it is.
Speed cameras, or more particularly the mobile ones that pop-up like unwelcome relatives, has however resulted in a certain amount of camaraderie amongst motorists. We have taken it upon ourselves to warn approaching comrades of their presence. This is, according to the law, a bad thing and it is in fact illegal and drivers who think they are being helpful are likely to get fined if caught.
Honestly Officer, It Was Just A Snack
There are no specific laws about eating or drinking behind the wheel, surprisingly. There is however catch-all legislation that says eating or drinking or touching up the hair in the mirror or topping up the lippy could get a driver nicked by the Boys in Blue. It’s called ‘Due Care and Attention’.
How this may be interpreted is up to the authorities at the time. By and large, it is safe to say that popping in a Werther’s Original is not a problem, unless the person is distracted by an irritating wrapper. Munching on a massive kebab is a bit different. The answer of course is to stop, take a break and have a drink and a snack in complete safety. Plus, if the car is Wi-Fi enabled and stationary in a safe parking spot, there’s the added benefit of spending a few moments browsing for your next motor
on our comprehensive website where potential buyers will be delighted to learn that we offer a full fourteen day ‘test period’
. Ample time, we’d say, to test out that horn!