People are only just realising you could be slapped with massive £5k for vaping in your car | The Sun

MILLIONS of drivers are only just realising that vaping in your car could see you slapped with a whopping £5k fine.

More than 3.2 million people across the UK are now vaping but doing so behind the wheel could be classed as careless driving.

The Highway Code rule 148 includes smoking as one of a number of distractions to be avoided.

This is mainly because it would result in a charge of careless driving, or not being in full control of the vehicle.

While vaping itself is not illegal, reaching for a vape or smoke clouds coming from the e-cigarette could pose the same distraction as smoking.

The vapor that comes from the vape can cause serious viewing obstructions and fog up the car making it difficult to stay focused on the road, something that could result in a very serious or fatal accident.

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Police have warned that in certain circumstances vaping behind the wheel could see drivers receive points on their licence or in severe cases a hefty fine or a driving ban.

Other bizarre and lesser-known actions could also result in large fines for motorists, such as having pets as passengers.

Allowing your pooch to lean out of the window could also result in a hefty £5k fine.

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The Highway Code states that pets must be safely restrained in a way that prevents them from distracting the driver or causing injury should the car need to stop in an emergency.

If you deliberately splash pedestrians by driving through a puddle on a rainy day, this could also hit you in the pocket, as doing so also carries a £5k fine.

Even if you are being polite, and using the gesture to say thank you, flashing headlights and hazards can also carry a fine of up to £1,000 if used inappropriately.

Rule 110 of the Highway Code states that headlights should only be flashed to let other road users know that you are there.

And rule 116 states that hazard warning lights should only be used on motorways or unrestricted dual carriageways to warn drivers of a hazard or obstruction ahead. 

Failing to clean dirt off your car could also land you in trouble.

If your number plates cannot be read, it is time to give your motor a clean otherwise you could find yourself out of pocket by £1,000.

Number plates must be able to be read either by sight or APNR or it could land you trouble.

The Highway Code also states that "lights, indicators, reflectors, and number plates must be kept clean and clear".

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