As soon as the sun comes out everyone breaks into a good mood and suddenly London becomes even more buzzing.
The warm temperatures persuade us to hit a pub garden for a cool beer and take a different approach to fashion.
Trainers? Nah, we would rather strut around in flip flops all day.
And there’s nothing like taking a trip to one of London’s finest parks or driving down to the seaside with the wind in your hair and your favourite music blasting on the car stero.
But what we don’t realise is these things could get us into trouble and land us in very hot water with the law, reports KentLive.
With that in mind, here’s a list of 9 offences you could commit in the sun that may land you with unwanted fines and penalty points on your licence.
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Wearing the wrong type of sunglasses
Yes, that’s really a thing. Wearing the wrong kind of sunglasses can lead to a fine of up to £2,500 and nine points on your licence.
It’s because sunglasses are divided into four categories based on how much light they filter out.
Most sunglasses will be category two – meaning they let through between 18 percent and 43 percent of light and are suitable for driving.
But, if you have category four sunglasses – which let less than 8 percent of light through – they are illegal when driving at any time.
We all get thirsty when it’s warm and you might fancy a sip of water while you’re driving along.
While drinking behind the wheel might not be strictly against the law, it is frowned upon.
But if you’re distracted by swigging from your bottle or eating, the police can prosecute you as you may not be in complete control of your vehicle.
If you are distracted and not in control, you could face a £100 fine and anything from three to nine penalty points.
Wearing flip flops
At the first sign of sunshine, everyone everywhere swaps their shoes for their flip flops.
While it’s not ‘illegal’ to be driving in flip flops specifically, there is a catch.
If a motorist is driving while wearing unsuitable footwear then this is considered to be putting themselves, their passengers and other road users at risk, which faces penalty points or a fine as a result.
Taking hayfever medication
Hayfever is often at a high when it’s hot and driving can be difficult for sufferers who need to pull over and wipe their nose and eyes constantly.
But people who take over-the-counter medication to fight symptoms should be aware they are risking a fine or a driving ban.
Antihistamines can cause sleepiness, sickness and dizziness, and can even affect reaction time and ability behind the wheel.
Police can charge drivers who are under the influence of strong hayfever medication, under the same drug-driving law as cocaine and cannabis.
Throwing something out of the window
If you’ve got your windows down to keep the car cool and enjoy the breeze in the summer sun, you might just be tempted to throw a bit of litter out the window.
Sure, most of us wouldn’t throw a McDonald’s bag out of the car window when we’re finished (though we’ve probably seen it done).
But you might have chucked out an apple core (it’ll rot, right?) or maybe a cigarette butt. Well, you can’t do that either and you can be fined for it.
Going too mad with the summer tunes
With the summer months comes the classic summer songs we love to blast out in the car.
So fans of ‘Carpool Karaoke’ may need to tone down their inner James Corden.
Fist pumping and reaching those high notes may seem innocent enough.
But distractions such as loud music can result in a fine or penalty points as it can be classed as driving without due care and attention.
Letting the dog get carried away (even if they’re excited for the beach)
You might bring your dog with you when heading to catch some rays and enjoy the sea at the beach.
When it’s hot, you may just want the dog to be relaxed and not restrained. If they are well behaved they might just be used to laying on the back seat.
But some of us are risking fines of up to £2,500 and nine points on a licence if the police pull you over and find you have not properly restrained you four-legged pal.
If he or she gets up and starts clambering over the car when you are driving, it is of course very dangerous.
You could be punished with a £200 fine for driving without proper control of the car or, in some cases, up to £2,500 for driving without due care and attention.
It’s easy to light up a fag while you’re driving along without even thinking about it. But have you considered who else is in the car?
Since October 2015, it has been illegal to smoke in your car if any passenger is under the age of 18.
As the driver, you are also responsible for other passengers who choose to smoke if there is a child in the vehicle.
Cycling after drinking alcohol
So it’s not strictly a car-related offence, but when the sun is out you might fancy a bike ride.
And there’s nothing better than heading to the pub for a refreshing pint in the sun.
Of course, you cannot drive home after drinking alcohol, so maybe you think you can just hop on your bike instead? Wrong.
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It is illegal to ride a bicycle on a road or other public places while unfit through alcohol, which means you are committing an offence as you are not in proper control of the bike.
Section 68 of the Highway Code states: “Cyclists must not ride under the influence of alcohol or drugs (including some medications).”
The maximum penalty for cycling whilst under the influence of drink is a £1,000 fine.
So if you’re planning on drinking in the sun, you should probably just walk to the pub.