Did you know; all beached whales and sturgeons (dolphins/porpoise) must be offered to the reigning monarch?

That is one of the strangest laws still in effect in the UK though we’re not so sure Queen Liz would be keen on being offered a dead whale with her morning tea and biscuits…

Recent research has also shown that almost half (49%) of British motorists admit to breaking traffic laws, that’s 10.5 million drivers based on DVLA records for the UK!

We thought we’d help you out by highlighting the UK’s least well-known driving laws, so you stay on the right side of the law!

1. Using a Phone as Sat Nav

If you don’t have a proper sat nav, chances are that you use your phone to figure out how to get from A-B. However, if your phone isn’t fixed into position in your car while you are driving, you’ll be committing an offence!

 2. Taking a Boozy Nap

We all know that it is against the law to drink and drive, but did you know that it is illegal to sleep in a car when you are over the limit?

So the next time you think it is best to sleep it out in the car, think again and get yourself a cab home.

3. Flashing

It is common practice for drivers to signal each other by flashing their headlights, however, this is actually against the rules of the road.

Flashing lights can be misinterpreted and be to blame for an accident, that is why it is always better to use hand signals when signalling to others on the road.

 4. Overtaking at a Pedestrian Crossing

If you are pulling up to a crossing where a pedestrian is moving across the road and there is a stationary car waiting. It is against the law for you to overtake the standing car when the light turns green and the pedestrian is across.

That is because the stationary vehicle may be shielding another person crossing the road and blocking your view of them.

 5. No Night-Time Beeping

If you are driving in a residential area in between 11:30pm and 7:00am, it is illegal to beep your horn! It is also against the rules to honk while your car is standing still.

 6. No More Pavement Parking

You could be given a £70 fine if you are caught parking on a pavement! If your car is completely up on the curb, you’re breaking the law.

 7. Careful with your Hazards

The only time you are allowed to actually use your hazard lights when your car is moving is when you are on a motorway or unrestricted dual carriageway and you need to warn drivers behind you of a hazard or obstruction ahead.

 If you use you hazards when your car is moving in any other situation, the plod will be on your case if you’re caught!

There are also some brand new laws which you should be made aware of when it comes to driving.

8. Changes to Vehicle Tax Laws

The rules governing how vehicles are taxed changed last year as fully electric vehicles were made exempt of road tax while diesel cars were given increases. Discover how you may be affected by latest vehicle tax rules here. 

 9. Backless Child Booster Seats

Boosters will only be approved for use for children taller than 125cm and weighing more than 22kg.


If you are going on holiday this year and visiting Europe (before they stop letting us over!), it is vital that you understand the laws for driving on the continent.

The Essential Guide to European Driving

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