One motorist has displayed the perfect example of exactly what you should not do when defrosting your car’s windscreen.
Police officers pulled over and fined a motorist for doing exactly what you should not do when driving in snow and freezing temperatures.
The picture posted by Police Scotland shows a car covered in snow with just a little patch scraped away so the driver can see out of it.
This is an offence called ‘portholing’ which refers to a restricted view which could land the driver in trouble if caught.
The reason for this is because it offers very minimal visibility which could be extremely dangerous.
In addition to the barely scraped windscreen, the windows across the body and rear windscreen are also completely covered in snow, making visibility extremely limited.
Police officers posted the pictures on social media and issued a warning to drivers about how dangerous it could be for them.
“Winter has been biting for most of us this week, which means it is more important than ever that your vehicle is suitably prepared for the roads,” the post read.
“Unfortunately, not everyone follows this advice – officers on patrol stopped this car which was being driven on the A9 at Thurso in the early hours of this morning.
“Appropriate action has been taken against the driver in relation to road traffic offences. It is important before you set off to make sure your windows are clean, properly demisted and clear of all snow and ice before you drive.”
Drivers can be fined £60 for ‘portholing’ and can also land another £60 fine for letting snow build up on the roof of their car.
The reason for this is because snow could fly off the car at high speeds and obscure your view or the view of other drivers.
Published at Mon, 11 Feb 2019 10:13:00 +0000