How To Avoid A Shock At Halloween

Wed 20th Oct 2021

It’s the time of trick or treat, pumpkins and things that go bump in the night, but motorists are being warned of an additional horror that could catch many unawares.

While thousands of us will be getting dressed up in our most devilish outfits for the pagan festival, there’s a danger that wearing the wrong outfit while behind the wheel could lead to a shocking fine.

Motor warranty experts, MotorEasy, have reminded motorists that they must abide by Rule 97 of the Highway Code, which refers to footwear and legwear this halloween, if they are to avoid being haunted by a ghost of a fine.

“This usually applies to things such as flip-flops and narrow skirts,” said Duncan McLure Fisher of MotorEasy.

“But if your devil hooves or Harley Quinn stilettos affect your ability to safely manoeuvre your vehicle this Halloween, you could be charged with careless driving and handed a £100 on-the-spot fine.

“And if this careless driving leads to a more serious incident, a prison jumpsuit might be more suitable garb as it could see you end up in court – with the potential for a fine of up to £5,000, nine endorsement points and even a driving ban.

“So we would urge those doing the driving on or around Halloween this year to check whatever costume they have chosen does impact on their skills as doing so could also result in causing serious harm to fellow motorists and pedestrians.”

It probably goes without saying that drivers shouldn’t be driving with any form of masks or have an unobstructed view through the car windows.