British drivers could face huge fines and points lumped onto their license for a driving error.
Motorists could be fined £9,000 and handed nine penalty points for a simple indicator error due to section 3 Road Traffic Act 1988.
The act says it is an offence to drive “without due care and attention, or without reasonable consideration for other persons using the road or place”.
Indicating correctly is important for the safety of the driver and those around them, so doing this incorrectly or not at all can land people on the wrong side of the law.
The maximum penalty is nine points on your licence and 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 vital for drivers hoping to avoid the fines
Police officials have listed other instances that could be considered careless or inconsiderate driving.
They are as follows:
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
Mark Royal, operations manager at Goodbye Car, said: “Knowing when (and when not) to indicate is a skill of its own, given there are no black and white rules.
“But it’s incredibly important to learn when they should be used for the safety of yourself and other motorists.”
The Highway Code gives clear guidance on when and how indicators should be used.
People should make sure they check and signal before they make a manoeuvre, but avoid signalling too early. Equally important is cancelling your indicators after you have finished using them to carry out the action with your car.
You can also signal manually alongside the use of your indicators by using your arm, as an extra precaution, though this may not be the best idea on twisty roads or where there is oncoming traffic.
If a driver is not sure if the kink in the road counts as a turn, or if they need to signal taking an exit, turning off a roundabout, and pulling over to the side of the road, then the safest thing to do is to indicate.