Six ways that could get you fined in hot weather – including wearing flip flops

The weather has been glorious in the UK (at last) which means Brits will probably be heading to public places to enjoy the sun.

And after months in lockdown, it's no surprise that people will be flocking to beaches too.

But there are several reasons why you could find yourself hit with a hefty fine when you're behind the wheel during the hot months.

From driving in flip flops to wearing dark lenses while you're behind the wheel, it's important to remember these six motoring rules.

For example, if you're caught wearing inappropriate footwear for driving, you could find yourself slapped with a £5,000 fine.

Driving in flip flops – up to £5,000

Wearing flip flops behind the wheel isn't illegal but it could lead to a careless driving charge if you can't travel safely.

Rule 97 of the Highway Code says you must have "footwear and clothing which doesn't prevent using controls correctly".

As flip flops could slip off, you could risk yourself a huge deal of danger if it leads to a collision.

Careless driving carries a £100 fine and three points on your licence but in some cases it could rise to £5,000 and nine points.

Barbecues on beaches and in parks

It's important to observe the rules of each public space which can differ from one another.

The Countryside Code said: "Only use BBQs where signs state they are allowed.

"Always put your BBQ out, make sure the ashes are cold and dispose of them responsibly.

"Fires can be as devastating to wildlife and habitats as they are to people and property."

How much you're fined can depend on the area, but to save you a headache you can contact the local council to check.

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Driving without sunglasses or the wrong shades – up to £5,000

Brits wearing incorrect eye wear while driving could be slapped with a fine of up to £5,000.

It's not illegal but if the sun shines in your eyes while wearing tinted lenses and you take your eyes off the road, you could be fined.

According to Rule 237 of the Highway Code, drivers need to slow down or pull over if they are "dazzled by bright sunlight".

Just like with driving with flip flops you could risk a £100 fine on the spot or in more severe cases it could be £5,000.

Drivers need to protect their eyes from the sun but wearing tinted lenses that are too dark could see them hit with a penalty.

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Urinating in a public place – fines vary

Of course if you're boozing in the beach or park, you're going to need to use the loo eventually.

But you could be fined a lot of money if you're caught urinating in a public place.

It depends on the local council, but for example in Hackney people could be forced to pay £150 if they're caught.

While other places could be more pricey with fines of up to £500.

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Driving with pets – up to £5,000

A study by found that more than half of pet-owning drivers allow their furry friends loose in the car.

But it's important to make sure dogs and other animals are suitably restrained so they don't distract the driver.

Rule 57 of the Highway Code said: "A seat belt harness, pet carrier, dog cage or dog guard are ways of restraining animals in cars."

Brits could risk fines of up to £5,000 if their pet distracts them as motorists fail to drive with due care and attention.

Littering – up to £150

Remember to take your rubbish when you're out having a picnic or snack in the park.

Councils can issue penalties of up to £150 on the spot for littering.

Police officers can issue a £60 Penalty Notice for Disorder if you litter under Section 87 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

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