Did you know about the easy drive-thru error that could cost you £200 and six points?

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1 Mar 2022, 16:57

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Your burger and fries might end up giving you indigestion if you don't know about this driving rule. According to the Highway Code, you could get served up a hefty fine if drivers use their phones while behind the wheel at a fast food joint.

From 25th March, new laws are set to come in and drivers will be unable to check notifications, unlock their phones, open an app, take photos or videos or scroll through playlists when driving.

Edmund King, AA president, said: “The AA has long campaigned to toughen up these rules, and we welcome this announcement. This is a much needed upgrade of the law to help make our roads safer. Mobile phones offer many distractions and this sends a clear message that picking them up to use them will not be tolerated.

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"The law will also become tougher as the use of smartwatches, tablets and laptops behind the wheel will apply. Drivers will be extremely limited on when they can pick up their phone, mainly to call the emergency services when there was no opportunity to safely pull over and to make contactless payments at drive-thrus.

"Being sat in a traffic jam or waiting at the lights is not an excuse, we want people to keep their hands on the wheel and their eyes on the road."

Yes, you can still use hands-free and sat-navs while behind the wheel if it’s in a secure holder. And, of course, you'll still be able to pay for your drive-thru meal with contactless.

What a bu(r)gger.