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De-Ice Your Car to Avoid Court Action This Winter
With freezing temperatures and icy road conditions, it is important that you stay safe on the roads this winter.
Motorists need to be careful when defrosting their cars - you should never leave your vehicle unattended, even to run into the house if you have forgotten something. Not only is it a target for thieves, it is also against the law. You may also find that your insurance company will not cover you if your car is stolen.
Section 229 of the Highway Code confirms that before you set off, you must be able to see, so you need to ensure that you have cleared all snow and ice from your windows, ensure lights are clean and your number plate is visible and legible.
You also need to ensure that your windows are demisted, remove all snow that may fall off your vehicle into the path of others, as failing to clear windows properly could lead to a fixed penalty fine and three points on your licence. A windscreen mostly covered in ice can prevent you from noticing pedestrians waiting to cross the road at a zebra crossing or another risk. Do not use boiling or hot water to clear your windows as the difference in temperature could crack them. Instead, use a de-icer fluid or an ice scraper.
Clearing your car of ice is a vital safety check - as well as a legal requirement - that could make the difference between a safe journey and a dangerous accident.
Unfortunately, more people will suffer road accidents due to adverse weather conditions - if you have been involved in an accident, you need to seek legal advice - speak to our specialist Personal Injury team on 0161 785 3500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternatively, view our Personal Injury webpage for further information.
Fore more information about driving in wintry conditions go to https://www.gov.uk/guidance/the-highway-code/driving-in-adverse-weather-conditions-226-to-237.