Drivers warned driving too fast in the rain can result in £5,000 fine

Slowing down while driving through puddles could mitigate the risk of splashing unsuspecting pedestrians.
Slowing down while driving through puddles could mitigate the risk of splashing unsuspecting pedestrians.

Heavy rain is forecast in Britain over the next few days

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With heavy rain expected in the coming days across Britain, drivers have been warned over a little-known rule that can see you slapped with a £5,000 fine while driving in wet weather.

Driving through a puddle and splashing a pedestrian could land you with the hefty fine.

The Road Traffic Act 1988 makes reference to the act when outlining the terms of careless and inconsiderate driving.

It says: “If a person drives a mechanically propelled vehicle on a road or other public place without due care and attention, or without reasonable consideration for other persons using the road or place, they are guilty of an offence.”

This means that splashing an unsuspecting pedestrian by speeding cop through a puddle at the side of a road is an illegal act.

Floods begin to make driving difficult on Parkgate Road in Chester, as the Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for parts of the north of England, Midlands, Scotland and Wales on Wednesday.
Floods begin to make driving difficult on Parkgate Road in Chester, as the Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for parts of the north of England, Midlands, Scotland and Wales on Wednesday.

In order to avoid the £5,000 fine, driver are encouraged to slow down when going through the puddle if it is safe to do so, or to avoid the puddle completely, if possible.

Andy Moody, Director at GoShorty, said: “Getting 12 points on your driving licence in less than three years could get you disqualified from driving.

“On top of that, getting points on your licence will also result in the increase of your insurance policy, as your insurance provider will want to be informed about all your motoring convictions in the past three years (five in some cases).”

“It is for these reasons, as well as to ensure that everyone’s being safe on the road, that it is useful to keep in mind which are the offences that would get you the most points on your licence.”