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Breaking News ! Just because you have your driving licence does not make you an expert on the roads. And while that little pink card means you are legally allowed to drive, it doesn't mean you know it all. There are so many myths most of us have blindly believed since that momentous day at the test centre. But how many are actually true? Can you drive in flip flops? Can you put on your car's interior light while you're driving? Can you drive in high heels? In fact, a recent survey of 2,000 UK drivers showed how the vast majority of us don't actually know legal fact from fiction when it comes to the Highway Code, reports Manchester Evening News. Well, don't worry if you're unsure what's what. Because here, we have debunked the common myths and separate the truth from the false. Read More Related Articles The secret 'sh*g pad' hidden in Huddersfield woods Read More Related Articles Eleven myths we have been believing about our hair all this time Driving in flip flops Nearly half (46pc) of people surveyed thought it was illegal to drive in flip flops, but this isn't the case. As long as you can use the car's controls in a 'correct manner', it's not illegal to drive in flip flops. Driving barefoot Over 75pc of people thought driving barefoot was illegal. It's not - providing you can control the car safely. (Image: Highways England) Putting on your car's interior light while driving The Highway Code does not say that drivers must not turn their car's interior light on while behind the wheel. But 46pc of people thought this was illegal.
. Though again, only as long as the driver has full control of the car. Only 22pc of people in the survey correctly identified that all of these things are in fact legal in the UK.
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While it might be a weight off people’s minds to get these misconceptions debunked, there is also confusion elsewhere too, with drivers not being able to identify the following habits as illegal: Moving into a bus lane to let an ambulance through (72pc) Paying on your phone by Apple Pay at a drive-thru (63pc) Flashing your lights to give way to someone (52pc) Going 42mph in a 40mph zone and not getting caught on a speed camera (36pc) Pulling over to check a map or your phone with the engine running (31pc) Using the middle lane of the motorway for normal driving (28pc) Beeping your horn at someone in anger (27pc) Using the left-hand lane of the motorway for slow driving (22pc) Driving with snow on the roof of your car (20pc) Sleeping in your car while drunk (14pc) Letting your dog out for a wee on the hard shoulder even if broken down (11pc)
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Though these are all only minor offences, they could lead to drivers receiving Fixed Penalty Notices, and in some cases, points on their licences. But this doesn't stop us doing them. The survey showed 95pc of us flash our lights to give way, while 79pc of drivers beep their horn in anger, which is also illegal.
Phil Morgan, head of findandfundmycar.com, which commissioned the survey, said: “Nobody wants to have to pay a hefty fine for something that they didn’t know was going to cost them, so it’s best to know these sooner rather than later."
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