With major disruption across the UK, travel has become a difficult task to navigate. While trying to de-ice your windows, avoid ice patches and keep your balance, it can be easy to forget what you really need to do during the adverse weather conditions season to keep you safe and within the law.
So, what exactly are the rules?
Firstly, ensure you clear the roof of your car. While most of us will clear the windscreens and mirrors, we will often forget the roof. It can potentially be very hazardous if it falls on your windscreen or if it falls off the back of your car and is an obstruction to drivers behind you.
While driving with snow on your roof is not in itself classed as “illegal” – the fact that that you are ‘driving without due consideration’, or ‘using a motor vehicle in a dangerous condition could be pulled over or given a hefty fine.
Another thing to remember is to make sure you can see through every glass panel in your car – this is essential when driving in adverse weather conditions.
This includes ensuring that there is no mist obscuring your view before setting off.
In most cases, it’s better to avoid driving unless absolutely necessary especially during heavy snow.
Before setting off you should also ensure that your headlights and number plates are clear of snow.
Bear in mind that if you fail to clear your windows and more, and you’re involved in an accident then your car insurance could withhold a payout due to it being your fault.
Also, ensure that your mirrors are clear, you need to be able to have as much visibility as possible before setting off.
If you need to get somewhere in a rush, don’t be tempted to move as soon as you think you can see. Not only are you putting yourself and others at risk, but you could also incur a £60 fine and three points on your license in the worst-case scenario.
Tips for driving in the snow and Ice: