Don’t leave it unattended!
If you do, you could face a fine for breaking the law…
Motorists in the UK are being warned about de-icing their vehicles during the winter months and here’s why.
The cold winter months are upon us, and many drivers have already woken up to frozen cars on their driveway or roadside. This means dashing outside to scrape the ice off before heading to work.
However, what many motorists in the UK don’t realise is that you could be hit with a fine for breaking the law by leaving your vehicle unattended.
According to reports, rushing to scrape the ice off could damage the screen and land you in hot water at the same time for breaking the law.
It’s been reported that one motorist was handed a £30 fine for defrosting their car on their driveway because he had left the vehicle unattended with the engine running.
Police forces are warning motorists that it’s an offence to leave a car unattended with the engine running on a public highway.
“You MUST NOT leave a parked vehicle unattended with the engine running or leave a vehicle engine running unnecessarily while that vehicle is stationary on a public road,” says rule 123 of the Highway Code.
Drivers who start their car on a cold frosty morning and then go back inside could come back out to find their vehicle has been stolen, plus they might discover they aren’t covered by their insurance.
“Cold weather is a car thief’s friend and the security of the car is only as strong as the security of your keys,” says Ian Crowder from the AA.
Mr Crowder also added that’s it’s to be expected that your insurers refuse to pay out if you put your keys in the car, start it and then walk away and as responsible drivers, we should not put our property at risk.
De-ice your car safely (and securely)
When you are faced with a cold frosty morning, the first thing you should do is start your car’s engine to allow for the air conditioning to circulate which reduces the frost.
Never use boiling water on your windscreen, as this could cause it to crack. But do use a scraper and some de-icer to help remove the ice – just remember to never leave your car unattended whilst you de-ice.
Remove all traces of ice and snow before driving off so that you have clear vision, otherwise you might end up having to pull over further down the road to finish the job off properly if your view is obstructed – and you could be handed a fine!
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