November 07, 2019 at 3:00 PM
Some of us love the rain, some of us hate it, but what most people may not know is that the way you drive in the rain is incredibly important.
Under section 3 of the Road Traffic Act 1988, it is illegal to splash someone on the road if it is done “without reasonable consideration for other persons using the road or place”. I’m sure many roads are covered in puddles at the moment, which motorists often enjoy speeding through, but if you are not cautious about your driving you could face a fine and points on your licence!
The Government website explains the legislation, describing careless and inconsiderate driving as “if a person drives…without due care and attention, or without reasonable consideration for other persons using the road or place, he is guilty of an offence”. Thus, if you are found to have deliberately splashed someone by driving through a puddle, you could be hit with a £100 fixed penalty notice and points on your licence. Should the issue be taken to court, the fines can reach up to £5000!
Many motorists may consider driving through puddles good fun, but it can in fact be a serious safety issue, as well as being inconsiderate for pedestrians who get splashed. Driving in the rain is more dangerous than driving in dry weather, and so you should be very careful at all times, especially when there are large amounts of water on the road. So, the next time you are driving past a big puddle, make sure to go slow or to avoid it, or you might end up with more than you bargained for!