Motorists can be penalised for a number of different offences while on the motorway.
The most common of which is for speeding and increasingly now more offences involving drivers using a phone while behind the wheel.
However, there are some lesser known offences that motorists can be fined and land penalty points for across the UK.
Police across the UK are cracking down on tailgating and middle land hogging offences.
Previously, these offences have been rarely strictly enforced but now motorists could face a higher risk of punishment.
Middle lane hogging refers to motorists that fail to remain in the left hand lane on a motorway and instead stick in the centre.
Rule 264 of the Highway Code states: “You should always drive in the left-hand lane when the road ahead is clear.
“If you are overtaking a number of slow-moving vehicles, you should return to the left-hand lane as soon as you are safely past.”
Drivers could be fined £100 and land three penalty points.
Tailgating is a dangerous habit which involves a motorist following a car infant too closely.
It increases the risk of a collision while on the road.
Much like middle lane hogging, motorists can Samaritan £100 and three penalty points.
In some cases tailgating can result in a driving ban and a prison sentence for a serious offence.
Drivers can also find themselves land a fine of up to £1,000 for warning other motorists of a speeding trap set up by police on a motorway by flashing their headlights.
You may think you’re just being a good Samaritan to other road users but you may be running the risk of a huge fine if you’re caught.
In the Highway Code under rule 110 it states that drivers should “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.”
The offence falls under the category of obstructing a police officer.
Drivers can be penalised for stopping on the hard shoulder and driving on the hard shoulder.
Unnecessarily stopping on the hard shoulder – not when you’ve broken down – can land you a fine of £50.
If you are caught driving on the hard shoulder this can be doubled to £100.
Of course, driving on the hard shoulder is permitted on certain smart motorways as long as it is marked on the board and not displaying a red X.