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Can Sneezing While Driving Land You A Hefty Fine And Penalty Points – Even If There’s Nothing You Can Do?

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IT’S a well-known fact that it’s near impossible to keep your eyes open when you sneeze.

That poses a rather tricky issue for drivers suffering from a cold or hay fever who get the urge.

Getty – Contributor Can sneezing land you with a fine behind the wheel?

It’ll start with a twitch or sometimes come from nowhere but, either way, if you’re on the motorway you’ll blindly travel several metres while you recompose yourself afterwards.

And should you have a crash in this time, police could claim you were driving without due care and attention.

That carries a fine of up to £2,500 and between three and nine penalty points depending on how severe the case is.

Cops will take an especially dim view if you’re driving with a visible cold: red eyes, streaming nose and a chesty cough.

Getty – Contributor Driving with a heavy cold or flu is enough to get you a fine or points from cops

Plus, if you’re on tablets you could be leaving yourself open to a drug-driving charge – depending on medication.

That’s especially important to know for anyone on hay fever meds as the punishment for this is a minimum one year driving ban and unlimited fine.

But if the sneezing fit is completely unexpected and unrelated to an illness then you could use it as a defence.

We previously reported how a lorry driver had dodged a fine after claiming the attack “came out of the blue” causing him to lose control in a smash.

Laura Newton, motoring law expert at Rothera Sharp which handled the case, said sneezing is definitely not a get out of jail free card as the defence can be hard to prove.

It falls under “automatism” rules and it’s the same as if you’re unexpectedly blinded by sunlight or a bee enters the car and causes you to thrash around.

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The Time You Waste In Traffic Revealed – Equal To Watching 775 Game Of Thrones Episodes And Making 8,900 Cups Of Tea

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BRITISH drivers spend hours each month stuck in traffic on roads around the country.

But how much time are you actually wasting by sitting in gridlock on the motorway?

Alamy The average Brit spends 31 hours each year in traffic

Go Compare have created a new tool that allows you to work out exactly how many hours you have spent staring at the back of another car throughout your driving career.

And for those of us that have been on the road for more than a decade, the results might shock you.

Based on the stat that the average Brit spends approximately 31 hours in traffic delays each year, the comparison website crunched the numbers for a 40-year-old motorist with a 23-year driving career.

They found that driver would have spent a whopping 713 hours stuck in congestion, at a cost of nearly £27,000 in wasted fuel and time.

Getty – Contributor Drivers could be spending their time do much more than just getting frustrated by gridlock

Using that same amount of time, the driver could have seen 474 games of football, made 8,913 cups of tea, or dithered away their time watching 178 coats of paint dry.

They could have completed 153 marathons, or even had a marathon TV binge and got through 775 episodes of Game of Thrones.

And even in their first year of driving alone, Brits waste so much time they could have seen 20 football matches, flown to Sydney and back one and half times, and completed almost seven marathons.

On top of the wasted time, traffic delays will cost new drivers just over £1,000 in their first 12 months on the road.

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Direct Line Reveals New Car Insurance Policy That Means You Won’t Lose Your No Claims Discount If Damage Isn’t Your Fault

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FEW things are more frustrating for a driver than losing your no claims discount because someone else has damaged your car.

But a new insurance policy now means that drivers can still make an claim without losing their benefit – as long as the incident isn’t their fault.

Corbis – Getty Drivers can now make certain insurance claims without losing the NCD

Car insurance provider, Direct Line, recently announced changes to their standard comprehensive insurance policies that will allow drivers to make a claim and still keep their NCD.

From damage caused by potholes and wild animals to the car being stolen or flooded, drivers will be more covered to make a claim if the damage isn’t their fault.

Motorists can even make a claim to cover damage incurred while their car is parked, or as a result of being hit by an object or debris – but not including another car.

When making a claim, you will still need to pay any excess included in your policy, but you’ll keep your NCD and your next premium won’t be affected.

Incidents that won’t affect your No Claims Discount (NCD) with a Direct Line policy

Damage caused by potholes or poor road maintenance Fire and/or theft (both contents and the car itself) Hit whilst parked Flood Hit or hit by a wild or domestic animal Hit by object or debris (excluding vehicles)

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This Is The Top Reason Brits Fail Their Driving Test – And It’s Not Parking Errors

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THE most common reasons for Brits to fail their driving test have been revealed – and they aren’t as obvious as you might think.

While Brits certainly aren’t known for their incredible parking skills, tricky manoeuvres weren’t the main reason drivers had to re-sit their test.

Getty – Contributor Failing to look properly at junctions is the most common reason for drivers to fail their test

A recent study, conducted by Warranty Direct, found that the most common reason new drivers would fail their practical test was because they did not properly observe the risks at a junction.

Junctions posed a number of issues during driving tests, with many motorists failing when trying to turn right at a crossroads.

Drivers were also highly likely to fail their test for not using their mirrors properly when making a turn.

While parking manoeuvres weren’t as common, reverse parking did come in third on the list, just above poor steering ability.

Top 5 most common reasons for failing your driving test

Observation at junctions Use of mirrors when changing direction Reverse park/left reverse Lack of control (steering) Turning right at junctions

Getty – Contributor The UK’s driver pass rate is improving

According to the study, 2017 had the highest driving test pass rate in the last 11 years.

The UK pass rate is currently at 47 per cent, having risen by four per cent since 2006.

The number of drivers to pass their practical with no faults has also spiked in the last year.

Just 3,329 drivers passed with a clean slate in 2006, compared to a massive 17,950 Brits last year – a rise of over 400 per cent.

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