It Is An Offence To Drive Without Clearing Your Vehicle of Snow.
Many drivers who fail to clear snow from their vehicles before setting off on their journey are putting themselves and also other road users and pedestrians at risk. This is an offence and can result in a fixed penalty.
lights, indicators, reflectors, and number plates MUST be kept clean and clear.
windscreens and windows MUST be kept clean and free from obstructions to vision.
Some useful advice about driving in winter can be found below:
You MUST clear your windscreen and all lights completely of all ice and snow (you can get fined for not doing so!).
You MUST ensure that lights are clean and number plates are clearly visible and legible (you can get fined for not doing so!)
You MUST remove all snow that might fall off into the path of other road users (you can get fined for not doing so!)
Check brakes, lights, and oil and washer fluid levels.
Make sure your vehicle is in winter roadworthy condition.
Check that your tyres meet the legal requirements. Tyres that do not have the legal tread will seriously affect your car’s traction and steering.
Carry water and de-icer in the car with you.
If you are going on a longer journey, make sure you bring food, hot drinks, warm blankets and a fully charged mobile phone
Blanket, rug or sleeping bag
Bits of carpet or thick cardboard to place under driven wheels to help regain traction on ice or snow
Salt, sand or cat litter – to help clear snow and ice
Ice scraper and de-icer
Torch and batteries
Battery jump leads
Snacks – chocolate or cereal bars
Extra screen wash
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