A ban on smoking in cars in which children are passengers comes into force today.
The ban, which is aimed at restricting the exposure of children to harmful cigarette smoke, will mean that anyone caught smoking in a car carrying someone under the age of 18 will be liable for a fine of £50.
Experts currently think that millions of children could be being exposed to cigarette smoke in cars, a situation in which the harmful components of the smoke can take as much as an hour to dissipate, leading to thousands of extra hospital trips every year.
However, police have said that they will take a “non-confrontational” approach to the ban, choosing to “educate” drivers rather than prosecute them.
Of course, smoking with children on board isn’t the only thing that you can no longer do in your car. Ever since the heady post-war days when car ownership burgeoned, the list of restrictions for safety’s sake has also grown.
Here are seven more things you can’t do in your car now, but which, once upon a time, were considered perfectly appropriate.