When most of us get our driving licenses, we want nothing more to do with traffic rules. Most people are excited and just want to jump into their vehicles and drive off to the sunset. Well, the problem is that there are multiple traffic rules, most of which are general but with some that are specific to some areas. The general rules are not broken often; the problem comes in with the minor rules which you could be breaking without knowing. Here are traffic offenses you could be committing without knowing.
1. No Animals or People On Your Lap
As much as no one will tell you this, you should not be tempted to drive with your child or pet on your lap. In most countries this will easily attract a hefty fine. Children should be placed appropriately on restraint seats and pets well secured.
2. Well Lit And Easily Readable Number Plates
The lights illuminating your number plates should be working well according to the law. This applies mostly when you are driving at night or in bad weather
3. Funeral Processions
It is important that you understand that while driving, it is an offense to interfere willingly or negligently with a funeral procession. This is a traffic offense and you will be fined if found on the wrong.
4. Fog Lights
Fog lights must only be used in rain or fog or when conditions such as dust and smoke interfere with your vision. This is an offense that most people commit because you will see fog lights on on a clear night and during the day.
5. Red Boxes
It is against the law to stop near a fire hydrant a fire plug indicator or a fir hydrant indicator. You will be fined heavily for such an offense.
6. Horns And Lights
It is an offense to flash your lights to warn other drivers of a police vehicle or to just dazzle them with extra headlights. You should also not sit on your horn when angered by a traffic jam
7. Animal Rules
You must at all time slow down whenever you see an animal sign whether native or farm animals. Animals should not be carried on a motorcycle between the driver and the handlebars.
8. GPS And Phones
Handling your phone as a GPS device is a traffic offense because it is not well docked and it is still a phone. If the phone is not in a fixed bracket, it is illegal to press any button to answer a call or read a message.
9. Crossing Roads
You should at least give pedestrians time to cross the road especially at designated pedestrian crossing. Hurrying them up or hooting will attract a fine since it is a traffic offense.
10. Leaving your Vehicle
Unless there is an 18 year old in the vehicle, you should turn off the engine and remove the ignition key. Ensure that all doors are locked properly and leave a window crack if there is a small child in the car.