Motorists are being warned that they could land a £60 fine for incorrectly defrosting their car’s windscreen.
If you incorrectly remove all the snow or ice off the windscreen, windows, mirrors and headlights then you can land a fine.
This is due to something dubbed as “portholing” which refers to a restricted window of vision.
Anyone caught with “porthole vision” can be fined £60 and be handed three penalty points.
The Highway Code states that drivers should ensure that these things are done before setting off:
-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
Meteorologist Ken Weathers has created a perfect solution to deice the car’s windscreen.
To make the solution you need to mix 1/3 cup of water with 2/3 cup of rubbing alcohol, which has a freezing point of -128C which means it can be kept in the car at all times.
It should be stored in a spray bottle to make the application easier and even across the glass.
If the driver also fails to remove loose snow off the roof of your car before setting off you can be fined £60.
This is because the snow could interfere with the road users and be potentially dangerous. Drivers should also not leave their car unattended while defrosting it.
Rule 123 in the Highway code outlines that “You MUST NOT leave a parked vehicle unattended with the engine running or leave a vehicle engine running unnecessarily while that vehicle is stationary on a public road.”
Motorists could invalidate their car insurance premium if they are found to have left it unattended.
Similarly, if the motorist has their vehicle stolen as a result of leaving it with the engine running, then the insurer could refuse to pay out for a claim.
Simon McCulloch, director at comparethemarket.com, told Express.co.uk, “A running car with the keys in the ignition is a thief’s dream.
“Early rising drivers need to have their wits about them in the morning and not be fooled into thinking a frosty start is safer than any other time of the day.
“With icy weather fast approaching, it is an easy mistake to make to leave your car defrosting with your keys in the ignition while you pop back inside the house to warm up.
“Despite the cold temperatures, it’s always best to remain with your vehicle, as if it’s stolen whilst it running and is unlocked and unattended, it will almost certainly result in the claim being refused by your insurer.
“Furthermore, it is actually an offence under the Road Traffic Act to leave a vehicle idling whilst stationary, and could result in a fine”.
Published at Mon, 10 Dec 2018 12:07:00 +0000