Why Christmas Parties Could Get You In Trouble

Wed 8th Dec 2021

While the Prime Minister swerves questions over whether his Downing Street residence was used for a rule-breaking Christmas party, motorists are being warned that they too could fall foul of the law in a festive frolic related incident.

Because, while at the time of writing, in 2021 we are allowed to attend Christmas parties, unlike 12 months ago, drivers are being reminded that the Highway Code has strict rules which might affect your choice of Christmas party outfit.

If an inflatable santa suit affects your ability to drive a vehicle then you could find that Christmas is expensive this year, with a £5,000 fine for failure to have proper control of your vehicle.

Motoring experts at National Tyres and Autocare have set some guidelines off the back of news that internet searches for ‘Christmas outfit; have risen by 1,280 per cent in the last 12 months.

The Highway Code states that ‘You should ensure clothing and footwear do not prevent you using the controls in any manner,’ and this could mean that even those amazing high-heel shoes you have been saving for the right occasion might be off limits and be deemed as ‘careless and inconsiderate driving, particularly if it stops you hitting the brakes.

“Driving in outfits that impact your driving ability could cause an accident,” said Michael Bourne from National Tyres and Autocare.

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

“We recommend making sure your outfit doesn’t impact your driving ability as well as others, and if it does, take your outfit to the venue and then get changed there.”