While it is not enough to decorate your home in a festive way, some motorists are now decorating their cars.
Drivers have been spotted adorning their pride and joy with reindeer antlers, Rudolph’s red noses and even huge Santa hats.
But motorists are warned that such decorations could impose a heavy fine and a few points on their license.
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In fact, there is a real danger that some of these substantial decorations could fall off your car and onto the road, causing danger to other drivers.
And if that happens – and leads to an accident – you could be fined up to £ 5,000 and nine penalty points.
You could also be charged with reckless driving, as this would fall under the jurisdiction of “driving without reasonable consideration for other road users”.
Duncan McClure Fisher, Founder and CEO of the Leading Automobile Association EngineEasy, said: “Christmas is one of the favorite times of the year for many families, so it’s understandable that people want to celebrate in style.
“But whatever the occasion, we always have a responsibility to obey the laws about cars and other drivers.
“While giving your engine a festive makeover may seem like a harmless treat, it could potentially pose a danger to other road users.
“If that happens, it will end up costing you a lot of money in fines, putting penalty points on your license and, more importantly, putting people at risk if things go wrong.”
Driving without reasonable consideration for other road users results in a penalty of up to nine penalty points and a fine of £ 5,000.
But that’s not all, because in severe cases it could even lead to a driving ban.
And even those who prefer understated decor should be careful, because something as minor as a piece of garland hanging from your sun visor or a festive light on your outside mirror could get you in trouble.
According to the Road Traffic Act, anything that obstructs a driver’s vision in any way is considered a hazard and if caught is liable to a fine of £ 100.
This fine can skyrocket to £ 1,000 and lead to three penalty points if the case is challenged in court and the driver loses.
And there are also things to consider when it comes to your insurance policy.
If you fancy putting plastic elves or reindeer on your dashboard, your insurance company may consider these “changes” and they could void your policy if you don’t report them.
This means that you would not be covered in the event of an accident, and even if you remain incident-free, your premiums are likely to be increased.
Maybe it’s better to stick to decorating your home!
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