DRIVING laws can be confusing and it's often hard to distinguish between fact and fiction. Here we run down four motoring myths and reveal what's legal and what will get you in trouble with cops. Are you allowed to drive barefoot or in flip-flops? There is currently no legislation in place that requires Brits to wear appropriate shoes for driving. Despite this, the DVSA advises: “Suitable shoes are particularly important behind the wheel. “We would not recommend driving barefoot because you don’t have the same braking force with bare feet as you do with shoes on.” Flip-flops may also be a risky choice as they can sometimes get wedged underneath the pedal or slip off. According to the RAC there are some guidelines for what footwear is suitable. Have a sole no thicker than 10mm… … but the sole should not be too thin or soft. Provide enough grip to stop your foot slipping off the pedals. Not be too heavy. Not limit ankle movement. Be narrow enough to … [Read more...] about Is it illegal to eat while driving, drive in flip flops or barefoot – and can you sleep in your car? UK driving rules explained
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Theresa May said she’s sorry her government upset the children that came on the Windrush, so we should accept that. It was an accident and we all make them. Some of us knock over a glass of lemonade, and some of us accidentally spend 10 years yelling that we must drastically reduce the number of immigrants as they’re taking our jobs and benefits and boasting our policies will create a “hostile environment” for them and whoops-a-daisy, you accidentally make an environment that’s hostile to them. When she was home secretary, the prime minister accidentally sent vans round the streets with the words “Go home or face arrest” written on them, directed at immigrants, and no one could have guessed this would lead to an unwelcoming atmosphere towards immigrants in which some people might feel that immigrants ought to go home or face arrest. It wasn’t the government’s fault that people who’d lived here for 50 years were suddenly … [Read more...] about Stop being so hard on Theresa May – we all make mistakes. Some of us spill lemonade, others accidentally deport people
Whether you’re suffering a few annoying twinges or facing your first serious health issue, there’s no doubt getting older takes its toll on your body. And TV GP Dr Pixie McKenna says it’s pretty common to have a health wake-up call after turning 40. “It can be a challenging decade. You might have started getting the odd health niggle, your parents are ageing and there’s also the stress of managing work, relationships and children,” she explains. “So there’s often a eureka moment when you realise you’re not indestructible and if you don’t get yourself together, you risk suffering a whole host of problems in the future.” But it’s also the decade where healthier habits can pay dividends now and in the years to come. Dr McKenna adds: “It’s about being prepared for what’s coming down the tracks. It’s a time to ditch the bad habits and pay closer attention to your weight, diet and … [Read more...] about Are you suffering from a mid-life health crisis? Your worries answered
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. 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. 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 … [Read more...] about Can SNEEZING while driving land you a hefty fine and penalty points – even if there’s nothing you can do?
DRIVERS are being warned about taking hay fever medication as the UK is hit with a high pollen alert. Tablets used to treat the condition can affect vision, hearing and reaction times and could land you with a criminal record if you're in a car accident. Over-the-counter medication is covered under the same drug-driving law as cocaine and cannabis that prohibits driving with drugs in your body if they impair your ability. And hay fever medication can cause sleepiness, sickness and dizziness - all of which would make you more likely to have an accident. The offence carries a minimum one year driving ban and unlimited fine. In serious cases you could be landed with a prison term and the criminal offence stays on your driving licence for 11 years. Advice for avoiding a hay fever ban Ask your doctor or pharmacist if a medicine could affect your ability to drive. Be particularly careful if you are using a medicine for the first time If you do experience potentially dangerous side … [Read more...] about Drivers facing huge fine and driving ban for taking hay fever tablets as Britain hit by high pollen warning