In these last years we have talked about fines quite often. None of us find it funny to “go through the box”, and that is why we like to keep you well informed about all aspects related to the DGT sanctions. Today we are going to discuss one of the most controversial fines among drivers, that related to drive with your coat on.
In the rush of day to day we often travel with our coat on in the car and we even ride the children in their seats with their fluffy jacket, so they don’t get cold, but are we doing it right? The answer is a clear and resounding “NO”, although it must be clear that this does not necessarily imply that the DGT is going to fine us for it.
Nobody forbids us to wear the coat inside the car, except in some specific cases that the General Traffic Regulations provide. Specifically, the use of a coat while driving is part of that set of activities that, by interpretation of an agent of the authority, can be considered constitutive of an offense.
For you to understand, the assumption is the same as driving without a shirt, eating, drinking or in flip flops, and it finds its reason for being in limitation of driver movements. Normally, people sanctioned for these reasons wear large and voluminous coats with which it is quite difficult to maneuver.
In any case, once again, the possibility of going home with a “recipe” is subject to the decision of the Traffic agent, who can support his argument with up to three items of the General Traffic Regulations:
- Article 18.1. The driver of a vehicle is obliged to maintain their own freedom of movement, the necessary field of vision and permanent attention to driving, which guarantee their own safety, that of the rest of the occupants of the vehicle and that of other users of the vehicle. via.
- Article 3.1.1. You must conduct yourself with the diligence and caution necessary to avoid any damage, your own or that of others.
- Article 17.1. Drivers must be at all times in a position to control their vehicles or animals.
These types of sanctions fall within the so-called mild ones, which are sanctioned with fines of up to 100 euros. The usual thing is that in these cases the sanction rises up to 80 euros, without point deduction. If you have doubts about how to know if you have a pending traffic fine, you can consult our tutorial about it.
For your safety: take off your coat in the car
Wearing your coat in the car can compromise security both the driver and the passengers. Apart from the limitation of movements that it implies, a voluminous coat can compromise the effectiveness of the retention systems, preventing the belt from resting on the bony areas of our body where it has to rest (clavicle and pelvis).
With this, it leaves a few centimeters of gap, reducing its effectiveness and increasing the possibility of suffering more injuries in the event of an accident. The most recommended is always adjust the climate control and travel in the car without a coat. The same happens in the case of the smallest of the house, and that are already big words.
Put them in the car with the coat reduces the effectiveness of child restraint systems and their harnesses. The tension of the child seat belts is not the same when the coat is worn and, therefore, they do not adapt to the body of the minors, increasing by 80% the possibility of them being thrown or sliding out of the seat in a possible collision or sudden braking.
If you want to test if your child’s coat is thin enough not to disturb the action of the child restraint systems, you can do a simple check. Once seated and fastened, check if you can put two or more fingers under the belt at shoulder height. If this happens, the garment reduces the safety of the child restraint.