AS temperatures drop and snow continues to blanket the UK, drivers need to remember some important rules to be safe while on the road.
Before setting off, make sure there is no snow on the roof of your car – or risk three points and a £60 fine.
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Is it illegal to have snow on your car roof?
While there is no law stating it is illegal to drive with snow on your car, it cannot obstruct your vision or impact other drivers.
If you are caught by police driving with snow on your car (even on the roof), or an officer sees it fall on to the road from your vehicle, you can be given a £60 fine and have three penalty points added to your licence.
The fine falls in line with section 229 of the Highway code which outlines correct guidelines for driving in adverse weather conditions.
The rule states that drivers must “remove all snow that might fall off into the path of other road users”.
This could pose a potential hazard for other drivers.
Can I drive with snow on my windscreen?
No, you should clean snow from your windscreen before setting off as it could be dangerous not only for yourself but also for others.
A representative from the AA said that drivers could suffer harsher penalties should snow fall from your car on to another vehicle.
You could then be charged with “driving without reasonable consideration for other road users”.
This carries a £100 fine and as many as nine penalty points if you were to cause an accident.
Jack Cousens, head of roads policy for the AA, said: “If snow on the roof of your car falls off on to your windscreen, or flies into the path of another car, then you could find yourself in trouble which was completely avoidable.
“With the help of a soft brush and very little effort, you can avoid any penalties by sweeping the snow away.
“If you can, parking in a garage or somewhere undercover can save you time as well as keeping you in the warm a bit longer.”
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How much can I get fined?
You can receive a £60 fine if you are caught by police driving with snow on your car or if snow falls from your vehicle.
If snow falls from your car on to another vehicle, you could be fined £100.
In an extreme case where an incident has ended up in court, the consequences could be even more severe.
The driver could even be charged with “careless driving” and face a sanction of between 3-9 points and a fine capped at £5,000.
You can also be fined for failing to clear frost entirely from the windscreen, and de-icing with your engine running could void your insurance.