WITH Storm Ciaran poised to drench regions of the UK, motorists are facing a stern warning: splashing pedestrians could lead to fines as high as £5000. As the country braces for heavy rains, experts are urging drivers to exercise extreme caution and adhere to essential road safety guidelines to avoid breaking the law.
Greg Wilson, Founder and CEO of Quotezone.co.uk, stressed the importance of following road safety regulations, especially in adverse weather conditions. He emphasised the significance of adhering to the law to prevent mishaps such as splashing pedestrians, which could result in substantial fines and points on the driver’s licence.
Wilson stated, “With unusually wet weather set to hit the UK throughout the winter, drivers must be aware of the rules of the road to help keep everyone safe and avoid mishaps like splashing pedestrians, that could end up costing them thousands or adding points to their licence.”
Understanding the Legal Consequences:
Under section three of the Road Traffic Act, 1988, splashing pedestrians is considered driving ‘without reasonable consideration for other persons using the road,’ making it illegal. The Highway Code reinforces this law, emphasising that motorists must not drive ‘without due care and attention’ for pedestrians. Violating these rules could result in fines starting at £100 and three penalty points, but in severe cases, these fines can escalate up to a staggering £5000. Quotezone have provided their helpful tips on driving in the storm.
Tips for Safe Driving in Wet Conditions:
- Reduce Speed and Increase Following Distance: Wet roads require longer stopping distances. Reduce your speed and maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front, allowing ample time to react to unforeseen situations.
- Check Your Tyres: Ensure your tyres have adequate treads for proper grip on wet roads. Use the 20p coin test – if the outer band on the coin is visible when inserted in the tread, consult a professional to assess your tyre safety.
- Use Dipped Headlights: Instead of full beams, use dipped headlights to maximise visibility for yourself and other road users.
- Be Mindful of Pedestrians: In built-up areas with reduced visibility due to rain, vulnerable road users like pedestrians and cyclists may be harder to spot. Exercise extra caution and avoid splashing them, as it can lead to hefty fines and penalties.
- Switch on Air Conditioning: To prevent condensation and maintain clear visibility, switch on the air conditioning. Impaired visibility due to misted windows could result in fines of up to £1000 and three penalty points.
As the nation prepares for the arrival of Storm Ciaran, drivers must be vigilant and considerate, not only for their safety but also for the well-being of pedestrians. By heeding these precautions and respecting the rules of the road, motorists can contribute to safer streets during challenging weather conditions.