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Eating at the wheel

You could land yourself a hefty fine if you are caught eating or drinking behind the wheel. As it stands, eating and drinking while driving is not illegal, but should your food or beverage cause a distraction, then it can be categorised as ‘careless driving’. While there’s no specific law against snacking at the wheel, a police officer can still issue a penalty for careless driving at their discretion if they feel eating or drinking has been a contributing factor. This currently carries a penalty of £100 and three penalty points.