Met Office issues yellow ice warning: 5 winter driving laws to avoid fines up to £2,500

By Laura Linham

8th Jan 2024 | News

Here are 5 winter driving laws - and failure to abide by them could land drivers with fines of up to £2,500.
Here are 5 winter driving laws - and failure to abide by them could land drivers with fines of up to £2,500.

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for ice which is likely to affect roads this week as most of the UK continues to recover from flooding as a result of Storm Henk.

With this in mind, Graham Conway, Managing Director at Select Car Leasing, has listed these 5 winter driving laws - and failure to abide by them could land drivers with fines of up to £2,500.

 Under Rule 97 of the Highway Code, drivers must have 'footwear and clothing which does not prevent you using the controls in the correct manner'. 

 Drivers must, therefore, avoid wearing gloves behind the wheel, as these could lead to a loss of grip on the steering wheel or gear stick. 

 Similarly, large clothing items, such as long coats and scarves, may prevent drivers from using the vehicle's controls correctly. 

 In terms of footwear, chunky winter boots will prevent drivers from navigating the breaks properly, and it is, therefore, essential for drivers to have another choice of footwear when driving. 

 Failure to maintain proper control of your car could lead to points on your licence, as well as a £100 fine on the spot. 

 Rule 123 of the Highway Code states, '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'. 

 So, while you might think it's a good idea to leave your vehicle running to warm itself up before driving, doing this could land you a £20 fine.

 According to Rule 229 of the Highway Code, 'you must be able to see, so clear all snow and ice from all your windows'. 

 Disregarding this rule could result in a £2,500 fine and three points on your licence, as you will be considered to be driving a vehicle in 'dangerous condition'. 

 It is, therefore, mandatory for drivers to fully de-ice their vehicle before setting off, in order to ensure clear visibility on the road and to avoid endangering themselves and others. 

 When it comes to the other features of your car that ensure visibility, Rule 229 also states, 'you must ensure that lights are clean and number plates are clearly visible and legible'. 

 This means that drivers operating with dirty number plates and snow-covered lights are likely to be slapped with a fine of £1,000 for these issues.  

 When driving in icy or snowy conditions, Rule 230 of the Highway Code states that drivers must 'drive with care, even if the roads have been treated' and to 'keep well back from the road user in front, as stopping distances can be ten times greater than on dry roads'. 

 Similarly, when operating in extremely icy conditions, drivers must 'drive at a slow speed in as high a gear as possible, and accelerate and brake very gently'. 

 With these laws in mind, it is imperative for drivers to plan and check their route well before setting off, and prepare for the conditions of the roads ahead. 

 In the case of serious snow and ice conditions, you may want to consider whether your journey is really necessary.


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