A car expert has warned motorists of common mistakes made while driving in Europe ahead of the Euro 2024 final this weekend. With England’s victory taking them to the final on Sunday, a significant number of fans are expected to hit the roads on the European mainland.

Darren Miller of BigWantsYourCar.com shared concerns for motorists across the UK about the rise in arrests and fines tied to common missteps, especially during big events like the Euros, reports Birmingham Live. He said: “Celebratory events like the Euros often see an unfortunate rise in drink and drug driving incidents, as highlighted by Transport for Greater Manchester’s report.

“During the Three Lions’ run in the World Cup there was a dramatic increase in the region, with 258 arrests for these offences last year, emphasising the importance of staying sober behind the wheel to ensure safety for all road users.

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“Drink-driving rules in the UK are clear: it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of more than 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Scotland has a lower limit of 50 milligrams per 100 millilitres of blood. Penalties for exceeding these limits include imprisonment, fines, and difficulty finding employment. It’s a high price to pay for a moment of recklessness.

“Failing to follow drink-driving laws can lead to severe consequences, including a criminal record, up to six months in prison, an unlimited fine, and an automatic driving ban of at least one year. The best advice is to avoid alcohol entirely if you plan to drive,” he said.

“A common misconception is that sleeping will help you sober up faster, but alcohol levels don’t actually decrease quicker during sleep and the effects of alcohol can still impair your driving ability the next day. The only way to sober up is to allow time for your body to metabolise the alcohol.

“On average, alcohol leaves the body at a rate of about one unit per hour, but this can vary widely depending on factors such as your size, gender, food intake and metabolism. While it’s legal to have open alcohol containers in the car, it’s very much advised against due to safety concerns. Police might interpret a backseat full of alcohol as potential drink driving, leading to delays and tests that could disrupt your journey.

“Exceeding the designated passenger capacity of a vehicle not only compromises safety but can also lead to fines of up to £100 for the driver or, in more serious cases, a two-year prison sentence. The potential distractions from overcrowded vehicles increase the risks of accidents, making it important for drivers to keep to passenger limits.”