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United Kingdom: driving with a down jacket this winter is prohibited!

The Highway Code is sometimes full of rather grotesque regulations: did you know for example that it is forbidden to drive with a down jacket in the United Kingdom?

Each country has particularities in its Highway Code, sometimes with unusual regulations. As winter approaches, you’ll be tempted to drive with your coat on to keep you warm in the car. Be careful if you are wearing a down jacket: in the United Kingdom, it is best to take it off before driving, otherwise you will be heavy fine !

Although there is no specific rule stating what you can or cannot wear, the UK Highway Code does indeed prohibit outfits that may affect your ability to drive, like a particularly voluminous winter coat. However, the evaluation of your outfit remains at the discretion of law enforcement.

Driving with a down jacket: a very heavy penalty

Indeed, according to Article 97 of the local Highway Code, all drivers are required to have “shoes and clothing that do not prevent them from using the controls correctly”.

If your big down jacket or your inappropriate outfit can lead to a lack of control of the vehicle, you expose yourself to a heavy fine, which can reach 5,000 pounds, or approximately 5.700 euros. But that’s not all: your driver’s license could even be amputated 9 pointsand be suspended in the most serious cases, which could be tried in court!

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Disguises are also prohibited.

This very strict regulation was put in place to avoid potential dangerous driving situations which may emerge for the end-of-year celebrations: in fact, it also applies to disguises.

Forget big Christmas sweaters, costumes with reliefs or even Santa Claus coats and boots, if you plan to drive to spend the holidays on the other side of the Channel!

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