Drivers warned they could face £5k fine for little known drive-thru mistake

Now that it's summer, the number of cars on the road usually increases, with Brits travelling around the country to make the most of the (sometimes) sunny weather.

However, unless you’ve planned ahead, grabbing food on the road can often be easier – especially with the variety of drive-thru’s now available.

But Louise Thomas, motor insurance expert at, has warned drivers of the little-known rule that could cost drivers using drive-thru’s thousands and potentially risk the loss of their licence.

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Previously, using a phone behind the wheel was forbidden, however, using a smartphone to pay at a drive-thru has now become the norm.

Due to this, there have since been some amendments to the law from the Department of Transport to keep up with developing technology.

Louise explains: “According to mobile phone laws, you can pay with your mobile phone but shouldn’t use it for any other reason while waiting in a drive-thru queue.

"This law is specifically for any activity where you're holding your phone."

It’s therefore important to make sure you are only using your phone to pay for the food, and do not find yourself scrolling through your phone as this is against the law and if caught.

It can also lead to a £200 fine and 6 points on your licence or even disqualification if you’ve only passed your test in the last 2 years.

If you’re in a rush or simply can’t wait until you’re home to eat, tucking into your meal behind the wheel might be tempting.

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However, Louise explains why you should refrain from doing this.

“As eating often requires the use of your hands, you could land yourself a fine of up to £5,000 and points on your licence," she said.

"This is because you would be driving without due care and attention in the case of an accident.”

To avoid any risks when driving, it’s best that you park in a safe place to eat or take the food home with you to enjoy.

The comments from Louise come after drivers were also warned they could be fined £5,000 for having a poorly installed roof rack on their car.

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