Snow has made an appearance across many areas of the UK this week. Did you know that not defrosting your windscreen adequately and leaving snow on your car could result in a fine and penalty points on your licence?
Section 229 of the Highway Code outlines how drivers should prepare their car before they set off after adverse weather conditions. It says:
“You MUST be able to see, so clear all snow and ice from all your windows. You MUST ensure that lights are clean and number plates are clearly visible and legible.”
“Make sure the mirrors are clear and the windows are demisted thoroughly.”
Here's a few tips on how to drive safely in snowy conditions ❄️
- If the snow is heavy, only go out if absolutely necessary.
- Spend an extra few minutes brushing snow from your roof and bonnet, scraping the ice and warming the car before you set off!
- Pack your car with extra layers, sensible footwear and a shovel.
- Drive slowly - be aware of everything around you.
- Accelerate and decelerate slowly.
- Significantly increase the distance between yourself and the car in front.
- Keep going - try not to stop and start, especially on hills.
- If you do stop, pull away in second gear. If you car has 'winter mode' switch it on.
- Don't power up a hill - slow and steady.
- If you need to abadon your car and walk, try to do so in a safe place.
Stay safe ❄️