Drivers planning to get behind the wheel on Halloween are urged to pay attention to ‘ghastly’ rules that apply on October 31.
Those caught driving in a Halloween costume could get an unexpected fright as they risk a fine of up to £5,000.
It means anyone planning to drive to a fancy dress party might be wise to leave their witchy outfits in the boot and get changed at the venue.
Wearing clothing such as scary masks and ghoulish cloaks while driving could breach the Highway Code and lead to a hefty fine plus points on your licence.
Expert James Armstrong, CEO at Veygo, issued a warning to drivers including what items to avoid, reports Essex Live.
Gloves are the first item of clothing that could put drivers in breach of the code, as they could significantly loosen their grip on the steering wheel.
Motorists planning to dress up as ghosts and zombie brides should also steer clear of wearing long skirts and dresses behind the wheel which could get caught in the pedals.
Shoes such as high heels and chunky boots should also be avoided, limiting ankle movement and potentially blocking other pedals in the footwell.
This comes under rule 97 of the Highway Code which states drivers must ensure their clothing and footwear does not stop them from operating the car controls properly.
Those found breaking the rule could be fined an initial £100 and handed three penalty points on their licence for careless driving.
If the incident goes to court, the driver could face a £5,000 fine plus nine points and a driving ban.
To err on the side of caution, motorists are advised to put their outfit in the boot and change into it when they get to the party.
Coloured contact lenses, tinted glasses and scary masks are further examples of popular Halloween costumes that could pose a problem for drivers.
Drivers who cannot see the road properly, especially at night, could be endangering themselves and other road users.
According to Rule 92, motorists must be able to read a vehicle number plate, in good daylight, from a distance of 20 metres.
While Rule 94 states that drivers should not use tinted glasses, lenses or visors at night, in poor visibility, or if they restrict their view.
It means wearing anything that limits your eyesight could result in a charge for ‘failure to have proper control of the vehicle or full view of the road and traffic ahead’, plus a £1,000 fine or three points on your licence.
While many look to scare their friends at Halloween, spooking another driver could be deemed distracting and against Section 3 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 – as careless and inconsiderate driving.
Halloween night will be busier than usual on the roads and pavements, especially in residential areas as trick-or-treaters head out to stock up on sweets.
Drivers are recommended to slow down and be extra vigilant, paying extra attention to groups of children who may be distracted, and people dressed in black costumes that make them difficult to see in the dark.