SPOOKY costumes are an exciting part of the Halloween season, but motorists should make sure they’re safe before getting behind the wheel in fancy dress.
Because while thousands of Brits will be driving to Halloween parties this year, it’s important that they do so safely – and in full control of their vehicles.
Driving experts at MotorEasy have urged anyone travelling by car to Halloween parties this year to dress appropriately, or they could find themselves haunted by more than just ghosts.
There are rules on what kind of clothes, especially footwear and legwear, can be worn by motorists, including Rule 97 of the Highway Code.
Can I be fined for driving in fancy dress?
And the fines for getting it wrong can be significant.
The legislation is in place to ensure that people can use the pedals and other controls correctly while driving.
Duncan McLure Fisher, MotorEasy CEO, explains: “This usually applies to things such as flip-flops and narrow skirts.
“But if your devil hooves or Harley Quinn stilettos affect your ability to safely manoeuvre your vehicle this Halloween, you could be charged with careless driving and handed a £100 on-the-spot fine.
“And if this careless driving leads to a more serious incident, a prison jumpsuit might be more suitable garb as it could see you end up in court – with the potential for a fine of up to £5,000, nine endorsement points and even a driving ban.
“So we would urge those doing the driving on or around Halloween this year to check whatever costume they have chosen does impact on their skills as doing so could also result in causing serious harm to fellow motorists and pedestrians.”
Drivers have also been urged not to drive in wellies as the weather gets colder and wetter, as they could be fined if they’re not in full control.
Your shoes should not limit ankle movement – essential for using the pedals correctly.
Headwear should also be appropriate and allow a full, unobstructed view through the car’s windows.
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