Avoid penalty points for frosty windscreens

With low temperatures expected again this winter, drivers are being warned they face penalty points and even a fine if they fail to clear their windscreens in the morning.

If you’re running late on a winter morning, you might think it’s a good idea to save some time by only clearing just enough ice off your windscreen so you can see out of it — but think again.

This practice is called ‘portholing’ and while it might seem like a good way to bag some extra time in the morning it could also see you bag a £60 fine and three points on your licence.

Rule 229 of the Highway Code clearly states that before setting off in the winter drivers should make sure that they clear all snow and ice from their windows.

Failure to do so means you wouldn’t have a full view of the road and traffic ahead, which could see a police officer slap you with a £60 fine for your car being in a “dangerous condition.”

It’s not just ice on the windows either, because too much mist or condensation on the glass could also see you fall foul of a fine if you are unable to look out safely and properly.

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When heavy snow hits, motorists should also make sure they clear off any snow from their roofs in case it falls onto the road and causes problems for other road users.

Richard Gladman, head of driving and riding standards at IAM RoadSmart, said preparation was key for motorists looking to avoid dangerous situations on the roads as the temperatures drop.

He said: “Don’t rely on the performance of your car systems to get you out of trouble – allow time, make sure you have good visibility all round and carry the right equipment.

“If conditions are extreme, remember the best advice is not to travel.”


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