How not topping up your windscreen washer fluid could land you a fine of up to £5,000

How not topping up your windscreen washer fluid could land you a fine of up to £5,000

Drivers could be putting themselves and other road users at serious risk if they fail to keep their windscreen washer fluid topped up.

It is essential for the washer fluid to be filled up to the correct level as it is used to keep the windscreen free from dirt and grime, so you can see the road ahead clearly.

The fluid can help remove ice and snow too and is helpful even when temperatures plummet.

Coming out of the winter months many motorists may have neglected to keep their washer fluid topped up to the recommended, level and could find themselves short as the weather improves.

Motorists that fail to keep their windscreen topped up with washer fluid could be fined for careless driving.

If your windscreen is dirty or obscured it can negatively impact your vision and other road users.

Careless driving charges are typically an on-the-spot fine of £100 and three penalty points.

However, depending on the severity of the offence and if your case goes to court then you could land a £5,000 fine.

Even if it is proven the offence is not necessary your fault if the court believes that the state of your vehicle or actions made circumstances worse then you could still face a penalty.

How to top up the washer fluid

If you lift up your car’s bonnet then you will see a pipe with typically a blue lid and windscreen icon on it.

This is where the washer fluid used to clean your windscreen is kept.

Most car manufacturers include a minimum and maximum fill level on the side of it to show you if you have enough left in the tank.

If you are running low or reach the minimum fill line then you will need to top it up with a mixture of water and washer fluid.

If the weather is colder then you can also add in some antifreeze which should help shift the ice.

Washer fluid can be bought from petrol stations, motoring stores, and even supermarkets and is readily available for not a lot of money.

On the side of the bottle, it will usually tell you what ratio of water to washer fluid you need to use.

General guidelines suggest that you should check the level of washer fluid in your car once every month.

However, over the winter period or if increased periods of deriving you may need to check it and top it up more frequently.

Published at Wed, 20 Feb 2019 15:39:00 +0000