You could be fined this winter for leaving a car running while clearing frost

You could be fined this winter for leaving a car running while clearing frost

Frost can be removed by various methods such as using a common de-icer tool, applying some simple spray or by leaving a car engine running. Leaving your engine ticking over will quickly warm your windscreen which will remove the bulk of frost and ice cover within minutes.

RAC head of roads policy, Nicholas Leyes said: “Councils already have the powers to deal with this problem, but few are currently doing so.

“Many of the drivers we questioned would like to see some firm action taken against offenders. This is no doubt needed to bring about a change in behaviour.”

Former transport secretary Chris Grayling confirmed a public consultation would be launched to increase fines for those who leave their engine running.

The Department for Transport has previously said they would like to toughen council powers to fine motorists in a crackdown on unnecessary air pollution.

Car insurance providers can invalidate a policy and refuse to pay out on damage or car theft as this will be deemed an at-fault claim.

Thefts are so common it is even known as ‘frosting’ as offences usually happen on cold and frosty mornings when engines are left on to clear windscreens.

The Central Motorway Police Group revealed unattended cars ware stolen every five minutes during the winter.

Leaving a car idling for too long in the cold weather can also cause damage to your vehicle with may leave motorists facing expensive repair bills.

Having engine ticking over could cause oil dilution issues. This is when petrol seeps into the car’s oil supply which can cause widespread damage.

Motorists are instead urged to drive off straight away and allow the vehicle to naturally warm up when on the road.

However, motorists will need to clear all frost and ice off a car before they leave their driveway. failing to do this could be a dangerous driving offence and motorists could be hit with fines.

Published at Sun, 17 Nov 2019 00:01:00 +0000