Drivers could be fined for ‘careless driving’ by wearing a coat behind the wheel

Motorists could be issued a massive £100 fine and penalty points for wearing a coat inside their vehicle this autumn or winter. 

While having a coat on is not against the law, taking it off could be considered a breach of the Highway Code.

Despite looking harmless, taking off a jacket will force motorists to take their hands off the steering wheel which could be considered dangerous. 

According to, one in eight UK drivers admit to taking off their coats while behind the wheel despite the dangers. 

Ash Young, founder of said: ”The survey highlights the need for drivers to be aware of the potential consequences of what seem like simple actions such as taking off layers while driving.

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“The cold weather has arrived, and while staying comfortable is important, it’s crucial to be aware of the rules to avoid unnecessary fines. Safety is key, even in the small things.”

Mr Young said there was a potential downside with police officers likely to issue motorists a £100 on-the-spot fine. 

Three penalty points may also be issued for careless driving in another blow to road users as temperatures drop. 

If the incident goes further, the penalties could dramatically rise in some more extreme cases. 

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Officers may pursue a charge of driving without due care and attention could see fines rise to £2,500 or even £5,000. 

Rule 97 of the Highway Code states motorists should ensure clothing and footwear do not prevent them from using the controls in a correct manner.

Meanwhile, the Code states drivers should keep vehicles well-ventilated at all times to avoid possible drowsiness. 

The Road Traffic Act also warns that anything which obstructs a driver could be considered a road hazard.

Last year, another expert stressed wearing certain clothes would likely have a scary knock-on effect. 

Michael Bourne, group marketing director at National Tyres and Autocare, commented: “Driving in outfits that impact your driving ability could cause an accident.

“Any piece of clothing that impairs your vision or prevents you from using the car’s controls could lead to a £5,000 fine and potentially three points on your licence.”

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