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Taking Your Jacket Off While Driving Could Get You A Fine

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Taking Your Jacket Off While Driving Could Get You A Fine

Motorists who are feeling a bit warm and decide to take off their jacket while driving could be whacked with a hefty fine.

Yep, although it seems fairly innocuous, if you're caught stripping down behind the wheel you could be fined up to £5,000.

Taking your jacket off means that you could potentially take your eyes off the road and if you're seen by police you could be stopped and issued with a £100 on the spot fine and three penalty points.

This could escalate to a whopping £5,000 or even a driving ban for careless driving.

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Rule 97 of the Highway Code states: "The clothing and footwear you choose to wear whilst you are driving must not prevent you from using the controls in the correct manner."

This rule dictates what you should, or should not, be wearing while driving with clobber such as baggy jeans or long skirts also running you the risk of being fined.

Meanwhile, flip-flops and sliders are also out. However, outside of the fact that they are quite flimsy, the law states that any shoe with a sole less than 10mm in thickness is unsafe and therefore punishable with a fine.

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High heels are also out as they could make using the pedals more tricky. So if you are headed somewhere fancy, it's worth bringing a spare pair of more sensible shoes with you to change into.

Neil Greig, the Director of Policy and Research at IAM RoadSmart, told The Sun: "Before setting off, you should ensure that clothing and footwear do not prevent you using the controls in the correct manner.

"If flip flops stopped you being in control you could be prosecuted, as you are breaking Highway Code Rule 97.

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"Careless driving is mostly judged on the impact your driving has on others around you, so if you are spotted swerving or braking erratically and then stopped and found to have inadequate footwear, you could be prosecuted.

"If you do cause a crash, then it could also be an aggravating factor against you in court and lead to a slightly higher fine or longer ban."

So there you go.

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Topics: UK News

Claire Reid
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