Three thank you gestures could land drivers £1k fines – including thumbs up

We've seen many motoring laws come into power in recent weeks.

There are rules which people on the road don't think they're breaking.

Like motorists don't realise they could risk a hefty £5,000 fine for driving unsafely with their dog.

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And even wearing the wrong clothes behind the wheel could land Brits in a lot of trouble.

Now drivers must get familiar with the Highway Code as there are a number of regulations which people aren't aware of.

Since motorists often display their appreciation to each other by waving or flashing their headlights, this isn't always right.

In fact, almost a third (29.1%) of motorists choose to say "thank you" on the roads by waving, a survey found.

The National Tyres and Autocare found one in five (21.2%) prefer to flash their headlights.

Meanwhile, around 17.5% said they would like to flash their hazard lights, while 17.3% would rather give a thumbs up.

The research also found 8.4% choose to wiggle their indicators and 6.5% told researchers they don't thank others on the road.

So here are the potential penalties which Highway Code says drivers could get fines for.

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Flashing headlights – Up to £1,000 fine

Rule of 110 states: "Only flash your headlights to let other road users know that you are there…

"Do not flash your headlights to convey any other message or intimidate other road users."

If caught, drivers can be fined up to £1,000.

Hazard lights – Up to £,1000 fine

Rule 116 of the Highway Code says you must not use hazard warning lights while driving unless you need to warn of a hazard ahead.

It added: "Only use them for long enough to ensure that your warning has been observed."

And if caught drivers can be fined up to £1,000.

Wave or thumbs up – Up to £1,000 fine and 3 penalty points

Rule 160 of the Highway Code states: "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."

This could land drivers a £1,000 fine, discretionary disqualification and three penalty points on their licence.

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