The days are getting shorter and the temperatures are dropping rapidly.
Most of us had to drive away after a night of freezing temperatures, even snow.
However, there are a few things to watch out for to avoid fines or penalty points when driving in snow or ice.
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When preparing to drive with ice on the car, it’s important to completely clear all of your screens before you set off.
Rule 229 of the Highway Code states that you must:
- Defog and clean all mirrors
- Clean all the lights
- Make sure their license plates are visible
- Remove any snow that might fall in the way of other drivers
- Check that your planned route is free of delays and that no further snowfall is expected
As well as receiving penalty points and a £ 60 fine, if you break these rules you could find yourself in hot water with your insurance company if an accident were to happen.
If an insurance company finds out that you are breaking the rules of the road, it could result in withholding payment.
For the fastest ways to defrost and defog your vehicles, the RAC website has step-by-step tutorials and different methods on how to do it.
When it comes to snow, there is no law that says it is illegal to ride with it on the roof of a vehicle.
However, it often causes a distraction for other motorists when it does eventually come off, so it may be worth removing it when defogging the car.
In fact, it could lead to a “careless driving” offense, which could get you with a fixed penalty notice and depending on the severity, many points on your license.
Ultimately, when you clear the ice and defog your car, try to make sure all the snow has been removed as well.
However, if on a public highway the highway code states: “You must not let the engine of a vehicle run unnecessarily while this vehicle is stationary on a public highway.”
As well as making your vehicle an easy target for theft, you could be fined anywhere from £ 20 to £ 80 depending on your location.
However, this is only applicable on public roads. You can therefore safely let them defog on driveways and other private grounds.