Study finds that many drivers are ignorant of motoring laws

Recent research has found that a lack of awareness of UK driving laws is putting many motorists at risk.

Warranty Direct surveyed 1,000 drivers and troublingly a quarter of them thought that it was legal to undertake on the motorway. Also, nearly a third believed it was acceptable to pull over to the hard shoulder to sleep if they could not find a rest stop.

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32 per cent of respondents also thought the national speed limit on a single carriageway was 70mph instead of 60mph.

Only 31 per cent of the respondents knew that accelerating through a puddle could bring them three penalty points on their licence. 38 per cent of respondents were found to be unaware that using a car’s horn while stationary was against the law.

The chief operating officer at Warranty Direct, Philip Ward, said: “Our latest survey reveals there is a strong need for UK drivers to brush up on their knowledge of driving laws.

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“The results suggest many mistakes could be down to not knowing the appropriate laws, which can easily be rectified. We recommend any unsure drivers to re-read a copy of the Highway Code to avoid causing any dangerous situations when out on the road.”

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