Best way to drive in the snow without breaking the law

Best way to drive in the snow without breaking the law

With the occasional outbreaks of heavy snow emerging across the country, Best Price Car Sales would like to offer some safety tips to ensure you are driving safely and aware of the law when it comes to snow and ice on your vehicle. This can also be very important in making sure you don’t invalidate your insurance claim, which may lead to hefty costs or fines.

Best Price Cars have laid out a few tips to ensure you stay within the law and more importantly, you stay safe on the road.

Driving with snow on the roof

To actually have snow on your car roof is in theory not breaking the law. But if such snow is deemed to have fallen onto your windscreen or another vehicle you may be liable and penalised for driving without “due consideration”. Or the more serious charge could amount to driving a motor vehicle deemed “in a dangerous condition”. Be aware, these offences may lead to a fine and a criminal record too.

Not having every window or lights cleared

Remember, every window, front and rear lights need to be clear of snow or ice before you set off in your vehicle. You even need to make sure your vehicle is fully condensation-free before driving. By not doing so, you are breaking the law and once again liable to a fine or criminal record. Your windscreen must also be de-iced on the outside and fully demisted on the inside.

And just in case you forget or you didn’t know, your licence plate needs to be fully visible and free of ice and snow before driving your vehicle.

Warning

Be warned, just switching on your engine early may be the easiest and laziest way to defrost your windscreen and to make your vehicle nice and cosy inside, it can also make your insurance claim invalid, by leaving your car’s motor running unattended. This is due to a common clause in your insurance contract, all car owners have a “duty of care” for insured vehicles. And if you don’t believe us, check with the AAs insurance director, stating a large increase of vehicle thefts occur in winter due to cars being left unattended with keys in the ignition.

Hopefully, you knew all this about the law already but if you didn’t it’s good to know these points and remember to stick to the letter of the highway code and road traffic laws. By doing so, makes driving in snowy and icy conditions that much better for all parties concerned.

By purchasing a used car or used van from Best Price Car Sales, we’ll ensure that all of our cars have a complete check on tyre treads, MOT, HPI and this will include your car’s number plate lights, windscreen and rear window demister. All of our used cars and used vans come with a full warranty which covers all parts and labour on your vehicle.

If your old car has been deemed unsuitable for inclement weather conditions, why not part exchange it for a newer used car and regain confidence in knowing you have undertaken all the safety measures required to make driving in unfavourable weather conditions that little easier for you and possibly your family too.

To find out more about our current deals and offers, plus what we are doing to ensure all our customers are safe with our contactless service, call us now on 02382 549 222 and speak with one of our friendly advisors today. Need instant car finance? We can help you with that too, with our large portfolio of the UK’s best lenders, we’ll be sure to try and find the right car finance package that will suit you. Click here and get car finance approval or ask us about buying your used car with cryptocurrency today.