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Motorists risk steep £1,000 fine by playing a seemingly-innocent ‘car game’ during travel

Motorists have been cautioned about the potential risks of engaging in a classic car game, ‘I Spy’, which could result in a hefty £1,000 fine.

The game, a staple of many family road trips, involves one participant selecting an object within their sight and revealing only its initial letter, while the others attempt to guess what it is.

However, experts at Hippo Leasing have issued a warning to drivers that participating in this game could lead to a significant fine, putting a damper on any family journey.

According to Hippo Leasing, the driver should refrain from joining in these games while the vehicle is in motion.

A Hippo Leasing spokesperson explained: “Taking your eyes off the road to participate in the game could lead to losing attention of the traffic and road ahead, or worse, losing control of the vehicle entirely,” Birmingham Live reports.

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They added: “Failure to have proper control of the vehicle or full view of the road and traffic ahead carries a £1,000 fine and three points on your licence.”

In 2016, a survey commissioned by Motor Codes found that families see travelling together as an opportunity to ditch technology in favour of a form of entertainment that encourages creativity, learning and quality time.

The over-55s and, surprisingly, 18-24-year-olds were the most enthusiastic supporters of the old-school classics.

Regionally, those living in the East England (69 per cent) and the Midlands (64 per cent) were also the most likely to encourage youngsters to play games that use their observational skills to play with others.

In addition, almost half (44 per cent) of those questioned said having a singalong and reading story books was a preferred option, while over 40 per cent tend to resort to puzzles, including word searches and crosswords, to putting on a film.


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