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Traffic law: UK drivers could face £2,500 fine for common driving error

Drivers have been warned they face a fine of up to £2,500 and three points on their driving license for a common bad habit on UK roads.

How to indicate is one of the first things we learn when driving and an essential part of responsible driving.

Not signaling is a dangerous bad driving habit for other road users.

Most of us know that we need to signal our intentions to other road users, but that’s also the case when there are no other cars on the road.

The Highway Code warns that pedestrians have priority over vehicles when crossing the road.

The Code states: “Signals warn and inform other road users, including pedestrians, of your intended action.”

He adds: “If a pedestrian is already halfway on the other side of the road you are trying to turn into, they have the right of way and you must wait for them to cross.”

Failure to do so could result in a driver being charged with ‘driving without care and attention’, which could result in three points on your driving license and a fine of up to £2,500.

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Louis Rix, co-founder and COO of car finance platform CarFinance24/7, said: “Indicating is part of the driving we do without thinking – but for those who don’t, the consequences could be fatal. If a pedestrian thinks a road can be crossed safely, he can walk out in front of a car.

“The risk of failing to indicate is a hefty fine of up to £2,500 depending on the seriousness of the circumstance – a high price to pay for failing to indicate. It’s one of the first things we learn when we begin to drive, and an essential habit that we must practice throughout our lives.