Motorists wanting to save on fuel consumption may be about to fall foul of a Highway Code rule that many won’t be aware of. It’s well-known that turning off power-drainers such as air conditioning and heated seats can help to improve miles per gallon, but many drivers don’t know turning the air con off could hit you in the pocket in another way.
The reason for the rule is that a well-ventilated car can mean drivers avoid drowsiness. If this is ignored and the worst happens – losing control and having or causing a collision – drivers risk a hefty fine in the most serious cases, reports NottinghamshireLive.
Rule 237 of the code states: “Keep your vehicle well ventilated to avoid drowsiness. Be aware that the road surface may become soft or if it rains after a dry spell it may become slippery. These conditions could affect your steering and braking. If you are dazzled by bright sunlight, slow down and if necessary, stop.”
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While in many cases a breach of the Highway Code results in a £100 on-the-spot fine and three points on your licence, should an incident go to court, the penalties can jump. The ceiling is a £5,000 fine, nine penalty points or even a driving ban.
The government states: “Many of the rules in the Code are legal requirements, and if you disobey these rules you are committing a criminal offence. You may be fined, given penalty points on your licence or be disqualified from driving. In the most serious cases you may be sent to prison.”