An allegation of careless driving, also known as inconsiderate driving or driving without due care and attention, can only succeed if the prosecution prove that:
- Your driving fell below the standard expected of a competent driver; or
- That you did not show reasonable consideration for other pedestrians and vehicles on the road.
The definitions above are open to interpretation. As explained by Jeanette Miller in this BBC Breakfast interview from June 2012, under present law, a minor breach of the Highway Code could be perceived by a court to amount to the offence of careless driving or driving without due care. There is no set list of what driving errors or manoeuvres would land you in the dock with a prosecution for a driving without due care offence.