Over the past couple of years, it has been one of the governments priorities to make people more aware of the consequences of careless driving. Drivers can often become complacent and repeat offenders when it comes to dangerous and careless driving as they have either never been caught or simply do not see the issue with driving the way they do. Throughout this article, we are going to discuss the different consequences you can experience.

What happens if you are caught careless driving?

In 2012 to government introduced a range of penalties to tackle careless driving. New rules give police forces more flexibility when dealing with careless driving; it also allows the police to provide those with a less serious case of careless driving an educational alternative which will hopefully deter people from driving recklessly.

Each year the government release new road laws to make sure drivers are consistently safe on the road. It is more common than not; if a there is a common occurrence with accidents or a high volume of careless driving being reported, a law will be put in place to reduce the risk to other drivers.

While the majority of road users drive safe there are people that do drive carelessly; these people can pose a serious risk to other road users, so it’s crucial authorities penalise them.

Speeding

Speeding a constant issue here in the UK, recently the government has taken more action when it comes to motorways and throughout the country have introduced a smart motorway. Smart motorways use technology to effectively manage the control and flow of traffic; control centres can actively adapt signs and speed limits based on the traffic flow within certain areas. Many motorways have now introduced this method, rather than spending vast amounts of taxpayers money widening roads you are now able to use the hard shoulder in times where an extra lane is needed. It also prevents drivers from speeding down the motorway as they are more likely to be caught in limited areas. If you would like more information regarding how to drive on a smart motorway we recommend giving gov.uk a read.

speed camera

Local councils are also now cracking down on speed limits within their local areas. 30 and 40 zones are becoming more apparent in suburban areas where there may be a substantial flow of people walking or in the local town centre. Many road users are blissfully unaware of the severity of penalties they can receive if caught speeding. Not only can it have an effect on your bank balance but also your licence. The fine and penalty you receive will all depend on how much you have broken the speed limit; there are three bands you could fall into:

Band A

You will receive a band A speeding fine if you have been caught between 31-40 within a 30mph zone. You should also expect to receive a fine of around 50% of your weekly income. Unfortunately, it doesn’t stop there; you can also receive three penalty points on your licence.

Band B

A band B speeding find is where you will be driving around 41-50mph in a 30mph zone. You can expect to be fined around 100% of your weekly income and an additional four penalty points on your licence. In more extreme cases you can also be disqualified from driving for up to 28 days.

Band C

A band C is one of the most dangerous driving fines you can receive, this means your careless driving is between 51mph or above within a 30mph zone. You can face the equivalent of 150% of your weekly income, up to six points on your licence or a potential disqualification from driving for up to 56 days.

If you have been disqualified from driving for 56 days or more, you will need to reapply for your driving licence. This means taking your driving test again.

Distractions

It can become a common occurrence to be distracted while driving, even more so if you have children in the car. It has become a serious hazard in recent years of drivers using mobile devices while driving. Over recent years there has been a serious crackdown on phone usage while driving. Some of the penalties you can face are six points on your licence and a £200 fine. If you have only passed your test in the last two years, the penalties could be more extensive such as losing your licence.

Many distractions can cause bad lane discipline which is not only dangerous to you but also other road users. If caught swerving into other lanes on any road within the UK, you could be fined £100. If you have caused an accident through careless driving including swerving into another lane, you can find yourself in court with a fine of £2,500.

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Tailgating

Tailgating is whereby a person drives to close to the other cars in front, therefore removing the adequate stopping distance. Most drivers who have been using the roads for years will have witnessed an accessive amount of tailgating, while it may not have been a serious offence, in recent years the fines have increased. Rather than receiving a £60 fine you are more likely to receive a £100 fine for tailgating.

Insurance

Insurance is a critical part of making road users safe, so it is an essential aspect of your car that you need to take into consideration. Before you can purchase the right insurance for your vehicle you will need to ensure your car has had an MOT. If you do not have the right insurance, the police have the right to stop you; if you have been caught without insurance, you can expect a fine of £200 on the spot and also a further 8 points on your licence. If you are approaching you renewal date we always recommend you insure your car as early as possible, you can always have it start the day you other one runs out.

Why drive safe

For drivers who have been driving for years, the last thing you want to do is rack up points on your licence. For those of you who have only been driving for two years, you could experience more severe penalties such as losing your licence. Make sure you drive safely on the roads not only for yourself but other road users.

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