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The 5 Most Common Driving Offences

The 5 Most Common Driving Offences

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There are lots of ways in which we can break the law while driving. Below are some of the most common offences, the penalties they typically carry and how you can prevent yourself committing such an offence.

Speeding

Speeding is by far the most common driving offence. Since 2011, the number of speeding offences has risen by 5% each year in the UK. The minimum penalty for speeding is 3 penalty points and a £100 fine – although some people are given the option of going on a speeding awareness course.

If you’re a serial speeder who keeps getting caught, it could be time to start slowing down. There are lots of measures you can take to break the habit of speeding from leaving more time for journeys (most people speed because they are running late) to installing a black box/speed limiter. 

Drink driving a.k.a Drunk driving

85,000 people are convicted of drink driving every year. Drink driving can carry serious penalties. These include temporary driving bans, fines and sometimes imprisonment. Employers will also be able to see this conviction on your record and it may affect your ability to travel to certain countries. Even if you do manage to drive again, you may find that your insurance rates are very high afterwards. 

All in all, it’s important to know the legal alcohol limit before driving to avoid the penalties (not to mention the danger you could cause). In most cases, it’s better to drink nothing at all if you plan to drive – either leave your car at home when going out or plan to consume non-alcoholic drinks.

Driving without insurance

There are thought to be 2 million uninsured drivers in the UK. Many of these drivers get caught. Driving without insurance can carry a hefty fine and usually 6 to 8 points or a disqualification. 

A lot of people drive without insurance because it’s so expensive or because they cannot apply for insurance due to a previous conviction. While insurance can be difficult to obtain, skipping it altogether is not worth the penalties. Take the time to shop around for insurers – there are providers like One Sure Insurance that are able to insure people who may have had penalties, as well as helping you to find cheaper rates. You should also consider the car that you are trying to insure – some cars are easier to insure than others. 

Driving an unregistered/untaxed vehicle

Another common offence is driving an unregistered or untaxed vehicle. This can result in a fine. You may also have your vehicle towed away.

Always register and tax a vehicle the moment you purchase it. You can do this online and it is generally not very expensive.

Using a phone while driving

13,000 people per year are convicted of driving while using a mobile phone. You’ll usually get 6 penalty points for this and a £200 fine. Avoid the temptation to look at your phone while driving by turning notifications off and storing it somewhere you can’t reach while driving. Alternatively, set up hands-free calls so that you can still take calls without having to touch your phone (check out this guide at Lifewire on how to do this).

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How To Keep Yourself Safe as a Motorcyclist: A Guide

How To Keep Yourself Safe as a Motorcyclist: A Guide

You may think you know how to keep yourself safe as a Motorcyclist, but do you? This guide will go over the basics of keeping your motorcycle in good condition, what safety equipment is necessary, and what you should do after an accident. 

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Know What You Should Do in Case of an Accident

This is the most crucial part of keeping yourself safe as a motorcyclist. If you get into an accident, you should know what to do to keep yourself and others safe.

First, make sure that the other person is okay and call for help if they need it. Then move your motorcycle off of the road.  You can also leave your bike where it is but be aware that there may still be dangers such as fires.

Afterward, make sure to get contact information from the other party for your insurance company. Of course, you can always contest the accident with a motorcycle accident lawyer if necessary but be careful about admitting guilt because it could end up backfiring on you when dealing with your insurer or during future litigation.

Keep Your Motorcycle in Good Condition

Keeping your motorcycle in good condition is very important to your safety as a motorcyclist. Ensure that you have good brakes and tires so that you can stop quickly if needed, but also ensure that they are not too worn down or old such that the risk of them getting damaged increases. 

The same goes for things like your headlight. While riding at night without one is incredibly dangerous, having an older light could make it harder for other drivers to see you and avoid hitting you.

On top of this, check all parts regularly – check oil levels every time before riding and adjust accordingly, replace brake pads once they become thin, and monitor wear on tire treads. This will all ensure that you can ride safely.

Always Wear Your Safety Equipment

When buying your motorcycle, research the safety gear you need. Safety equipment is not to make you look cool, they are there for a reason, and that is why you must wear them all the time.

You should never ride your motorcycle without protective gear such as a helmet, boots, or shoes with good grip, a sturdy jacket that can protect you in case of an accident, pants made out of leather, or durable fabric so nothing tears. Additionally, gloves keep your hands safe by preventing blisters and road burns during long rides. 

These items offer protection against weather conditions and cold winds if traveling at high speeds. They also provide comfort when riding for extended periods. 

Do not forget to always keep a first aid kit in your backpack or saddlebag.

Have a Valid License and Insurance

To ride a motorcycle, you will need to have the proper license and insurance.  Having liability insurance is enough in most cases, but be aware of what it covers for your area. If there isn’t much out there, you might consider getting full coverage because this policy can cover everything from medical bills to the replacement cost of your motorcycle.

Conclusion

In conclusion, there are many things you can do to keep yourself safe as a motorcyclist. Follow the above pointers for a worthwhile ride on the road.

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Prepping Car For the Winter Ahead

Prepping Car For the Winter Ahead


Winter conditions can cause hazardous roadways. But forgetting to prep your car for the season ahead can cause some headaches along with some potential hazards.

Check the fluids



Make sure your car has all its fluids. Running out of oil can be detrimental to the car. Although, running out of windshield washer fluid can be just as scary when your windshield is covered with salt and sludge splashed across your window while traveling down a highway.

If you are unsure of what fluids are needed or where they go, stop by to see a local mechanic or visita full service has station. They can certainly help.

Check your lights



This might be a two person job… But be sure to check all of the lights on the car. Winter can bring dark nights, fog and snowy whiteouts. Replace any lights that aren’t working. And be sure your headlights are shine l shining as bright as possible. Use the headlight cleaner solution, or to bring your headlights back to peek condition look into headlight restoration wipes.

Check your tires

Check your tire tread before winter to prevent sliding. Using the penny test will help tell you if you need new tires. Insert a penny, Abe’s head facing dow into the tread, if you can see the top of Abe Lincoln’s head you probably need new tires.

Pack the trunk



Making sure the trunk has the usual… Spare tire, jumper cables, flares, extra fluids, etc is important. But in the winter make sure you also pack a blanket, gloves, snow pants, rock salt or cat litter, water and snacks just in case you get stuck somewhere. Some folks recommend a small snow shovel and tire chains depending where you live or travel.

Prepping the car for winter doesn’t have to be over extensive like, detailing the paint job or coating the under carriage. Those are personal preferences. But all cars need a little prep to help prevent certain potential hazards. Have a safe and happy season!

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