Drivers slapped with £1,000 fine for saying 'thank you' to other motorists

Drivers could be slapped with a £1,000 fine for saying 'thank you'. Motorists and road users have been warned they are at risk of breaking Rule 160 of the Highway code which requires them to keep both hands on the wheel or handlebars where possible.

Drivers who often use their hand to signal "thank you" to other drivers could face fines of up to £1,000. RegTransfers CEO Mark Trimbee said: “It still pays to be polite, though, so if you want to express gratitude you can do so with a quick nod of your head - remembering to keep your eyes and attention on the road while doing so.”

The expert added: “It might seem like you’re being friendly but taking your hand (or hands) off the wheel to say thank you, even for a moment, poses a potential risk to you and other road users, as you won’t be in full control of the vehicle.”

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More than half of drivers flash their lights or wave to save thank you while in the car. Rule 160 argues: "You should drive or ride with both hands on the wheel or handlebars where possible. This will help you to remain in full control of the vehicle at all times.

"You may use driver assistance systems while you are driving. Make sure you use any system according to the manufacturer’s instructions." It adds: "Keep to the left, unless road signs or markings indicate otherwise. The exceptions are when you want to overtake, turn right or pass parked vehicles or pedestrians in the road."