The Women’s World Cup is underway and driving with a flag on your car can evoke a real sense of national pride or team spirit.
But driving experts have warned that decorating your motor may not be as straightforward as you might think – and could potentially land you with a hefty penalty fine.
According to UK law, anything that obscures the driver's view of the road falls into the category of 'unsafe driving.'
The International Drivers Association has revealed that fluttering flags attached to your vehicle can be distracting and therefore potentially dangerous.
If you do decide to attach a flag to you car, the rules state:
- It must not obstruct your view of the road.
- It should not pose a potential hazard to other road users.
- The size of the flag should be moderate.
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Also, excessively large flags might cause unwanted attention and potential accidents.
Drivers should also be aware that violation of these regulations could leave you facing fines of up to £1,000.
An International Drivers Association representative said: “Flags should be placed properly and secured tightly.
“While driving, a loose flag can cause distractions or even lead to accidents, making motorists liable under the Road Traffic Act."
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