Motorway driving is one of the most intimidating things a new driver can face, in part due to its omission from the current practical UK driving test.
Learning how to drive correctly and safely on the motorway is crucial for all drivers and it seems that over time some drivers acquire poor driving habits which could not only be dangerous – but also costly.
Most drivers never go out of their way to break the law, but with driving offences being common, it can soon land even the safest of drivers in trouble.
Here is a list of four motorway specific driving offences that could land you in hot water.
This is probably the most common driving offence committed on UK motorways.
According to the RAC, speeding drivers will usually land a £100 fine and three penalty points on their licence.
There is a 10 per cent +2 rule that allows motorists a tolerance due to inconsistencies in speed.
However, from April 24th this year drivers could have to fork out up to 175 per cent of their weekly wage for major offences and up to 50 per cent for a minor one.
Major offences are categorised when a motorist breaches the speeding limit by 22mph or more, meaning if you travel 92mph or more on the motorway you could land the highest possible fine.
Minor offences can attract a fine of up to £1,000 while major ones could cost you up to £2,500.
To find out what the new speeding fine calculations are, visit here.
Middle Lane Hogging
Drivers who hog the middle lane on motorways have to be amongst some of the biggest pet peeves of most motorists.
Research by Confused.com from 2016 has revealed that one per cent of drivers found it to be selfish while 48 per cent believe that it is one of the main causes of congestion.
The offence can land you a fine of £100 and three penalty points on your licence.
Despite it being a punishable offence – only 135 drivers have been punished for it since 2013, finds the research by Confused.com
This is another frustrating habit on the motorway.
Tailgating is much more dangerous than middle lane hogging as well, with the distinct lack of distance between the car infront and the car behind.
Often drivers who tailgate are using it as a bully tactic to try and force the person in front to move or speed up.
The problem with tailgating is that if a driver has to suddenly break in an emergency, the car behind with inevitably plough into the car in front – with potentially fatal consequences.
Worryingly, research by Confused.com has shown that a third of UK motorists are unaware that tailgating is a fineable offence.
Drivers who tailgate can in fact and a fine of £100 and three penalty points added to the licence.
Drivers can find themselves land a fine of up to £1,000 for warning other motorists of a speeding trap set up by police on a motorway by flashing their headlights.
You may think you’re just being a good samaritan to other road users but you may be running the risk of a huge fine if you’re caught.
In the Highway Code under rule 110 it states that drivers should “Only flash your headlights to let other road users know that you are there.”
“Do not flash your headlights to convey any other message or intimidate other road users.”
The offence falls under the category of obstructing a police officer.