UK drivers are warned of breaking 7 winter driving laws which could result in a £2,500 fine.
With darker evenings and overnight frost setting in, drivers are being warned to be extremely careful on the roads, but what winter driving rules should they follow to stay safe and avoid fines and penalty points unwanted?
With that in mind, Comparethemarket’s car insurance team has compiled a list of driving rules for motorists to keep in mind when cold weather sets in.
The list contains a warning about driving in winter clothing.
Driving while wearing coats, gloves and scarves could affect your driving and therefore expose you to a fine.
While it can be tempting to wrap up warm to get in the car on a cold winter morning, it can be costly.
This could put you in violation of rule 97 of the traffic laws.
The rule states that drivers must have “shoes and clothing that do not prevent you from using the controls in the correct manner”.
Automotive experts have warned that the gloves could embarrass motorists due to a loss of grip on the steering wheel or gear lever.
Scarves, meanwhile, could impact visibility, as could hats and puffy coats, experts warn.
Here are the laws on the list you must follow and the fines you could face if you break them:
- Be Careful When De-Icing Your Car – Up To £801
- Make sure all windows are clear of snow and ice before you go – £2,500
- Avoid parking on the street if it’s foggy or leave your parking lot or position lights on – Up to £75
- Wear clothing that does not impede your ability to drive safely – Up to £2,500
- Make sure your seat belt fits around your winter coat – Up to £500
- Don’t drive if you’re too tired – Unlimited
- Never drink and drive – Unlimited