News reports in the past week have resurfaced which suggest that if you vape while driving could result in prosecution. The claim is that using an e-cigarette at the wheel could land you with fines of up to £2500 and points on your licence.
The style of these news articles is again over-exaggerated as is unfortunately often the case when it comes to vaping. The headlines suggest that if you are caught vaping you would be automatically prosecuted. This is not the case so let us put your mind at ease.
Vaping and driving is not illegal
This topic previously hit the headlines in February, 2018. The story was covered by Vaped at the time as we explained that vaping behind the wheel is not illegal.
The situation still remains the same. The offence refers to being distracted from driving, whether this is due to vaping or another activity. Sergeant John Davis said:
“Any person who is distracted in any way could be guilty of an offence – whether that be smoking, vaping or eating.”
Sergeant Karl Knapp reiterated the fact that vaping and driving is not illegal as he suggested how to do it safely. He said:
“If you are going to vape I advise that you open your windows and blow the vapour directly out, just ensure that you are in full control of your vehicle before doing so.”
A Police Sergeant advising on how to vape and drive safely shows that the actual act is not illegal. The main point that is being made is that e-cigarettes must be used safely when driving. Totally Wicked’s Content Writer and vaper of 10 years, Rachel Davies has shared some top tips which will help keep you safe while you vape while driving.
Totally Wicked’s top tips on how to vape while driving safely
Open the Window
The first one is easy, always have your window open a crack when you vape while driving. The reasons are twofold:
– It will help to prevent the residue that coats windows when you vape around them for extended periods.
– You are still operating a vehicle and should always do so safely. Vapour hangs around and all it takes is a mistimed cloud for your vision to be obstructed.
Don’t Drip and Drive
Just don’t. You cannot safely remove the top of your dripper, take the top off your e-liquid bottle, drip it onto your cotton properly, and replace everything then vape… all while controlling a car.
Adjust your E-liquid
Vaping a heavy VG e-liquid means thicker clouds and less visibility. It might be easier to opt for an e-liquid that contains a more PG when driving.
These are just 3 of our tips and there are more which can be found in our vaping and driving guide. Mostly it’s common sense and what you already know but the main take out from this article is that you can vape and drive, just do it sensibly.