DRIVERS are being urged to stay safe when driving this winter, or they could risk being fined and having penalty points to their licence.
With the weather starting to get colder and the days getting shorter, road users are being warned to make necessary checks before driving. Rules 226 to 237 of the Highway Code address motoring laws in regard to “driving in adverse weather conditions”.
This aims to ensure drivers know how to operate their car correctly in difficult weather.
Rule 229 specifically sets out what drivers should do before they enter their vehicle.
It states: “Before you set off you MUST be able to see, so clear all snow and ice from all your windows.
“You MUST ensure that lights are clean and number plates are clearly visible and legible.
“Make sure the mirrors are clear and the windows are demisted thoroughly.
“Remove all snow that might fall off into the path of other road users.
“Check your planned route is clear of delays and that no further snowfalls or severe weather are predicted.”
If drivers do not abide by these Highway Code rules, they could risk a £60 fine.
Drivers may also receive penalty points on their driving licence for not abiding by the rules.
Motorists could even be in hot water with their car insurance companies if an accident were to occur.
If an insurance company finds out drivers were not following the highway code, it could lead to a withheld payout.
To demist a windscreen, the RAC advises drivers start the heater off cold and direct the flow of air at the windscreen and windows, then slowly increase the temperature.
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The air con should then be turned on to keep the atmosphere dry or roll down the windows if the car doesn’t have air-con.
Some cars may even come with a climate control button which will demist the windscreen.
When it comes to snow on the roof of a car, there is no law that states it is illegal to drive with it on the roof of a vehicle.
It does, however, cause a distraction to other motorists when it eventually comes off, so it is worth it to remove the snow. “Brinkwire Summary News”.