Indicator error could see drivers slapped with hefty fine and 9 penalty points

There are many motoring laws which drivers might not be aware of.

But one thing which could penalise you behind the wheel is how you use your indicators.

Now drivers have been warned a simple mistake could land them a £5,000 fine and nine penalty points.

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According to section 3 of the Road Traffic Act 1988, it's an offence to drive "without due care and attention".

Indicating correctly is important for the safety of the driver and those around them.

So if you're not doing this right, it could put you on the wrong side of the law.

The maximum penalty is nine points on your licence, as well as a £5,000 fine.

A fixed-penalty notice (FPN) usually means you are given a £100 fine and three penalty points.

Following the guidance set out by the Highway Code is important for drivers who want to avoid fines.

Police officials have also listed other instances which could be considered careless or inconsiderate driving.

They are:

  • Overtaking on the inside
  • Driving too close to another vehicle
  • Driving through a red light by mistake
  • Turning into the path of another vehicle
  • The driver being avoidably distracted by tuning the radio or lighting a cigarette
  • Flashing lights to force other drivers to give way
  • Misusing lanes to gain advantage over other drivers
  • Unnecessarily staying in an overtaking lane
  • Unnecessarily slow driving or braking
  • Dazzling other drivers with un-dipped headlights

The Highway Code gives clear guidance on when and how indicators should be used.

People should check and signal before they make a manoeuvre, but avoid doing it too early.

It's also important to cancel your indicators after you have finished using them to carry out the action with your car.

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