Driving habits that can cost you money
So, you’ve passed your test, be it recently or years ago and then the REAL driving starts. Of course, we all have bad habits in all parts of our lives but some driving habits can become costly not only with fines but with regards to the points system too. Some habits are serious whilst others not so. We are going to point out some of the most common ones that no doubt all our readers will recognize!
Failing to Indicate
This one I am sure everyone will recognize. When you are approaching a junction or passing through one and do not indicate your intentions, beware because if you are caught, and there are seemingly many more camera cars and unmarked police vehicles around, you could incur a fine of 200 euros. The reason for indicators are quite obvious to most people, although perhaps not to all! They are there to be used to advise other road users of what we are intending to do. When you fail to use your indicators then we are potentially posing a risk not only to ourselves but to other road users who are unaware of our intentions, we have all placed the guess which way I’m going game, some sadly with costly consequences.
Failing to respect the Priority of Pedestrians
If you fail to respect the priority of a pedestrian then you are running the risk of a fine of 200 euros and a potential loss of four points from your license, dependent 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.
We have seen of late also that in certain areas signs appearing stating that cyclists have priority, however this has been challenged in court cases in the mainland.
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 pulling into them and closing any safety gap that had been allowed. Again, this carries a fine of 200 euros and a loss of four points from your license.
The reasoning behind this is that overtaking is considered one of the most dangerous of maneuvers any vehicle can carry out (other than perhaps a sharp emergency stop).
When we move into the path of oncoming vehicles and a collision occurs, depending on the speed being travelled by both vehicles, for example should it be in 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…. ouch, we have all seen these types of accidents and sadly they appear to be coming more common.
It is therefore imperative that when overtaking you take into account the speed you are travelling and that potentially of 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 .
Unnecessary 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 it means that YOU have become a hazard to other road users, which in itself is a danger.
Take heed and try to stay safe on the roads especially with summer approaching when there will be more tourist on the roads who are not familiar with the layout and may potentially cause a hazard.