Keep the right side of the law when driving in the snow

Much of the UK has been hit with severe weather over the past few days. The plummeting temperature can lead to all sorts of problems for road users if they're not careful enough.

While most drivers will know the importance of clearing the car windscreen sufficiently, many may not be aware that failing to brush snow off the car roof can land you with a fine of £60 and points on your licence.

Under section 229 of the Highway Code it clearly explains how drivers should prepare their car before they set off in adverse weather conditions - 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.

If snow was to fall off your car roof and cause an accident with another vehicle, you could end up with a charge for driving without reasonable consideration for other road users which carries a hefty fine - or you could even cause injury.

This is completely avoidable. With very little effort and a soft brush, you can easily remove all snow from your car before setting off on your journey.



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