You’re late for an en­gage­ment or just need to pop to the shops in the car – but it’s cov­ered in snow and ice.

Campbeltown Courier - - WINTER MOTORING -

The bot­tom line is you need a clear view of the road be­fore set­ting off, you can’t make any short­cuts.

In the eyes of the law, you need to clear that snow be­fore you go. The law

There is no road law that says it is il­le­gal to drive with snow on your car. How­ever, the High­way Code stip­u­lates that if driv­ing in ad­verse weather con­di­tions you must, by law, be able to see out of every glass panel in your ve­hi­cle.

This is sup­ported by the sec­tion 41D of the Road Traf­fic Act 1988, mean­ing it is a le­gal re­quire­ment to have a clear view of the road ahead be­fore you set off.

Fail­ure to do so could in­cur a fine, but more im­por­tantly could place your life, the lives of your pas­sen­gers and the lives of those around you in dan­ger.

This also means en­sur­ing your wind­screen is de-iced on the out­side and thor­oughly demisted on the in­side.

As for the snow on the roof, while, again, there is no law stat­ing it is il­le­gal to drive with snow on your roof, if it falls off onto your wind­screen while driv­ing or flies into the path of an­other car then you could be pe­nalised for such of­fences as ‘driv­ing with­out due con­sid­er­a­tion’ or ‘us­ing a mo­tor ve­hi­cle in a dan­ger­ous con­di­tion’ again, not worth the risk.

Even if you’re only mak­ing a two-minute jour­ney, by not thor­oughly clean­ing your car of snow, ice or con­den­sa­tion – in­clud­ing all win­dows, lights and even any­thing that could fall off into the path of an­other mo­torists – you’re break­ing the law and leav­ing your­self li­able to a run in with the po­lice.

That means fully wip­ing snow or frost from every win­dow (a quick once over with a credit card or CD case is not good enough!). Use a proper scraper and de-icer. It might cost a few pounds, but it works and will save you time.

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