Recent forecasts have predicted freezing temperatures to remain for the next few weeks, with the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) issuing a cold weather alert. A new survey has revealed that 63 percent of Britons will start their drive with snow on their roof, as is expected in the coming weeks.
While this isn’t directly illegal, if it falls from the roof onto the windscreen while driving, drivers could still be penalised.
This can be considered to be “driving without consideration”, which can lead to a £60 fine and three penalty points on their driving licence.
With snow being predicted for much of the UK this winter, drivers are being warned to avoid the unnecessary fines.
Phil Morgan, Head of findandfundmycar.com, says: “While the chances of getting fined for doing any of the above offences are extremely low, they’re still not worth the risk.
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He said: “When temperatures are dropping as low as minus seven, de-icing your car to head to work on winter mornings can seem like a huge inconvenience.
“The best method of de-icing your car is simply to do it the old-fashioned way: with an ice scraper.
“Get into your car, turn on the ignition to allow it to warm up and then scrape all the ice from the exterior of your car.
“It’s also a good idea to remove any excess snow and ice from the top of your car – any falling snow can lead to a police fine – before driving.
This left the driver with a small gap to look out of, while the rest of the windscreen was covered in mist.
They tweeted the image of the windscreen and said they had fined the driver £100 and issued them with three penalty points.
They advised: “When it’s cold, wet and often icy, it’s important to take extra time to make sure your vehicle is safe for the journey ahead.
“Argyll and West Dunbartonshire Police Division Road Policing Officers stopped this vehicle in Bonhill as the schools were coming out.
“The driver had not sufficiently demisted their windows, placing children and other road-users at risk.”