Spanish automotive model SEAT has recognized the highest 5 most typical driving myths.
In response to a survey of two,000 UK motorists, prime of the desk sits not being allowed to drive barefoot, with greater than half of drivers believing this to be true.
1. You aren’t allowed to drive barefoot – 52%
While it’s not unlawful to drive barefoot, it’s the duty of the motive force to at all times be sure that they’re in full management of the automobile. Driving barefoot doesn’t afford the identical braking response as driving in a sturdy shoe, and different components, corresponding to if the motive force’s ft are moist, might jeopardise the motive force’s management of the automobile. It’s subsequently strongly really helpful drivers at all times drive in appropriate footwear.
2. You aren’t allowed to drive in flip flops or Wellington boots – 49%
As above, it’s not unlawful to drive in flip flops or Wellingtons, however it’s the duty of the motive force to make sure that they’re at all times in full management of the automobile.
3. The one time you may enter an lively bus lane is to let an emergency automobile cross – 47%
Drivers can nonetheless obtain a fantastic for getting into a bus lane to let an emergency automobile cross. Actually, there’s a superb likelihood this automobile will use the bus lane to keep away from visitors, so it may be unhelpful if drivers transfer into it. Ought to you end up in a bus lane, it’s best to at all times endeavour to exit as quickly as attainable whether it is secure to take action.
4. Youngsters beneath the age of 12 should sit within the backseat – 38%
Actually, youngsters beneath the age of 12 can sit in both the entrance or again of the automotive. Nonetheless, if they’re within the entrance of a automotive in a rearward dealing with youngster automotive seat, then the passenger airbag should be deactivated. It’s unlawful if the airbag is lively. It’s also crucial to make use of the right youngster seat for beneath 12s or these beneath 1.35m in peak. Regardless of the regulation permitting it, it’s strongly really helpful that youngsters at all times sit within the again seat of a automotive within the acceptable youngster restraint.
5. It’s unlawful to drive at night time with the inside gentle on – 37%
Maybe the quirkiest on the listing, there isn’t a regulation to say that driving at night time with the inside gentle on is prohibited, regardless of it usually being cited as such. While authorized, it might be that if a driver is pulled over and the inside lights are decided to have impaired the motive force’s imaginative and prescient, then they might be charged with careless driving.
With roadgoing misconceptions in thoughts, SEAT additionally requested motorists once they final learn the Freeway Code, discovering that almost all had both not learn it within the final 5 years or by no means learn it in any respect.
Practically half of drivers (48%) additionally didn’t know the ‘Hierarchy of Street Customers’ system launched in 2022.
The hierarchy system was added to the Freeway Code in January 2022 and locations street customers which are most in danger within the occasion of a collision on the prime of the ‘scale’.
Information from the Division for Transport exhibits a lot of pedestrian and bicycle owner accidents and fatalities nonetheless happen on British roads annually.
Within the yr ending June 2022, there have been 35,551 bicycle owner and pedestrian casualties, and 514 fatalities.