You could be fined £2,500 and receive a driving ban if you’re caught vaping while driving. Fact. Everybody tends to have a vape these days, so if you have one, this is what you need to know.
1. It is not actually illegal to drive and vape
Let’s just start off by clarifying that it isn’t actually illegal to drive and vape at the same time. However, this doesn’t mean that it’s safe for you to hop in your car and start puffing away. Driving is by far one of the most dangerous things that the majority of us do every day and it’s a task that needs your full attention. How can you give it your full attention though if you’re vaping? Although you won’t be done for vaping while driving, if you’re not in control of your car or you can’t see properly because of the clouds of smoke you’ve puffed out, you might face a charge of driving without due care and attention.
2. You can vape in the car with kids
Would you believe it? So you can’t smoke in the car when there are children inside but you can vape, seriously? Suppose vaping isn’t exactly smoking, but still. Surely this is the same kind of principle. Some people would argue that vaping in the car in front of your kids is just as bad as smoking and that you are poisoning your kids by using your vape, but that’s an entirely different ball game.
3. You could receive up to 9 points and a hefty fine
If you’re found guilty of driving without due care and attention then you could earn yourself some points on your licence and a fine. If you can, you want to avoid anything distracting while driving and if this includes your e-cig, then so be it. Don’t use it until you arrive at wherever it is you’re going.
The moral of the story is, if you’re going to vape, crank open the window so that the vapour can go directly out of the window. It’s probably best to just avoid smoking at the wheel all around if you can. If you’ve found that you ruined your car through all the smoking or vaping that you’ve been doing and you’re thinking of selling it, then stay right there. You can find out how much your car is worth right here without having to enter any of your personal information. Why not give it a go and see how much your car is worth!