Bad habits that can incur fines
We are all aware that having passed our tests and having been driving for some time we often fall into bad habits when driving. Whilst some are not serious others potentially are.
Failing to Indicate
When you are approaching a junction or are passing through one and are caught not providing the appropriate signal i.e. indication of a left of right hand turn then this is an offence that carries a fine of 200 euros. The reason for indicators are quite obvious to most people, they are to be used to advise other road users of what we are intending to do. If you fail to use your indicators then you are potentially posing a risk to other road users who are unaware of your intentions.
Failing to respect the Priority of Pedestrians
If you fail to respect the priority of a pedestrian then you are run the risk of a fine of 200 euros and a potential loss of four points from your licence, dependant on the potential risk to those involved. It is very interesting to note that in the eyes of the law pedestrians take preference over drivers something that will I am sure come as a surprise to many drivers. Pedestrians are apparently the most vulnerable of all road users. In the event of an accident or incident it will almost always be the pedestrian that will come off worse as they will have no protection, hence the need for this law.
Failure of allowing an overtaking vehicle to return to their lane
Driving very close behind a vehicle and/or not allowing sufficient safety gaps can result in a fine and loss of points if caught. We are all too aware that many drivers provide safety gaps for such circumstances, only to find another driver pull into them and close any safety gap that had been allowed. Again this carries a fine of 200 euros and a loss of four points from your licence.
The reasoning behind this is that overtaking is considered one of the most dangerous of manoeuvres which any vehicle can carry out. When we move into the path of oncoming vehicles and a collision occurs, depending on the speed of both vehicles, for example should it be in a 50 kilometres per hour road and both were travelling in opposite directions at that speed the overall impact would be the same as hitting a solid object such as a brick wall at 100 kilometres per hour. It is therefore imperative that when overtaking you take into account the speed you are travelling and potentially any oncoming traffic and that you make this manoeuvre in the shortest possible time. Thus we can see quite clearly that preventing an overtaking vehicle from returning to the right side of the road can put many lives at risk.
Unnecessarily Lane Changing
Changing lanes without respecting a vehicle that is already in that lane carries a fine of 200 euros. Zigzagging between lanes (seen quite often here in Tenerife) will result in a fine of, again 200 euros but may be considered as reckless driving and then would incur a fine of 500 euros and a loss of 6 points from ones licence. In normal circumstances traffic will run smoothly until such time as a road becomes congested or an accident has occurred further along in front of the said traffic. We all know that constantly changing lanes impedes the flow of traffic, causes delays and of course can be dangerous depending on the situation. When you cause another vehicle to deviate from its normal course, speed or direction means that YOU have become a hazard to other road users, which in itself is a danger.