As temperatures drop in the UK this week – motorists are being warned that the weather can wreak havoc on their cars.
When the weather forecast is grim, it's imperative that you keep yourself and others on the road safe while driving – and avoid minor mistakes that could cause you to get into an accident or be fined. What you need to look for to avoid hefty fines " height="640" width="960" class="lazyload" data-src="https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/01 /182ee683-dcb5-4497-b7ad-e125514793fejpg-JS702596970.jpg" data-credit="Getty" data- data-img="https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/01 /182ee683-dcb5-4497-b7ad-e125514793fejpg-JS702596970.jpg?strip=all&w=960" data- src="data:image/svg+xml,%3Csvg xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2000 /svg" viewBox="0 0 1.5 1"%3E%3C/svg%3E"/>
Here are four common mistakes motorists make during the winter months that can risk a heavy fine or even points on your license.
Dirty license plate
You might know you shouldn't drive with Snow or ice on your car's windshield, but did you know you should wipe the license plate as well?
If your car has license plate ] is covered and others cannot read it, it could result in a fine of £1,000. ANPR) cameras.
Always check your license plate before leaving for any snow, ice or dirt.
Flat tires can be dangerous to drive no matter what the weather does. Traction in the snow – but this is not true.
A properly inflated tire will have greater grip on the road, which will prevent slipping and allow you to brake at the right time.
During cold months, tires can lose pressure more quickly.
You can find the correct pressure to inflate tires in the manual or driver's side door. Quarters the width of the tire, and experts recommend 3mm on the safe side.
Having bald tires can result in a fine of £2,500 per tire – this is equivalent to £10,000 if all four tires do not meet the rules.
The RAC recommends checking your tires at least once a week during the winter season.
You might think that wearing snow boots is a good idea to keep your feet warm in bad weather, but not if you are behind the wheel. Technically illegal while driving, it can still get you in trouble.
Wearing unsuitable shoes can result in a £100 fine and three points on your license if you get into an accident and this is the cause.
Rule 97 of the Highway Code states that “clothes and footwear shall not prevent you from using the controls properly.”
So if you plan to wear snow shoes, always bring a change of proper shoes to drive in. Spray a pedestrian, it may get you in trouble.
You could be subject to a public order offense and risk being paid £100 or up to £5,000 if taken to court by an injured pedestrian.
RAC Road Safety spokesman Pete Williams said: "Anyone unfortunate enough to have suffered drowning by a reckless motorist while driving through a puddle would likely welcome a substantial driver fine.
“Since 2013, reckless driving can be dealt with a fixed fine notice with a fine of £100 and three penalty points.” Or risk a fine of £2,500
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