The snow this week has brought smiles to the faces of children everywhere but road users may not have been quite so pleased to wake up to a white blanket covering the country.
When you’re getting ready to venture out remember- to stay road legal, you need to clear the snow before you go!
Make sure you thoroughly de-ice and de-mist your windscreens- good visibility is key to staying safe and not getting on the wrong side of a penalty notice! If driving in adverse weather conditions you must be able to see out of every glass panel in your vehicle and it is a legal requirement that you need to have a clear view of the road before setting off! Be aware that it is also a legal requirement that all lights and number plates are clearly visible and that your mirrors are clear and usable! Do not drive until you can see!
Most readers will probably know this much already but what may come as a surprise is the need to clear the snow off the roof of our vehicles.
Yes, there is no law specifically stating that it is illegal to drive with snow on your roof, but if said snow strays onto your windscreen while driving or into another car then you could be at risk of a charge of driving without due consideration or using a motor vehicle in a dangerous condition and looking at fines, points or even a disqualification.
As well as the safety risks and the legal implications, if you do put yourself in a situation where you cannot see out of your vehicle or cause others to be in that situations, if the worst were to happen and you were involved in an accident it could spell fault and your insurers could potentially withhold a pay-out.
If you, like us, hate getting your hands cold and spending time outside of the vehicle scraping and de-icing, don’t use this as an excuse to take any risks, invest in a good de-icer to speed things up- it may cost but they do work and will save you time.
If you have encountered any legal difficulties driving in the snowy weather, give us a call on 0800 046 3066 and we will be happy to help you with some free initial advice.