Drivers fined £2,500 for forgetting to de-ice cars covered in heavy frost

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Frost can block your road vision, preventing motorists from seeing key road hazards in what is a major safety risk. Motorists could break Rule 229 of the Highway Code which clearly states that drivers must be able to see the road before setting off.

The Code adds that all ice and snow must be cleared from all your windows while drivers must check that their light and number plates are also clean.

Failing to properly clear a windscreen before setting off could also see drivers prosecuted for driving a vehicle in a dangerous condition which could see fines rise.

Up go three penalty points are also likely to be issued for the offence with thousands set to be caught out.

However, research by Admiral has found that many are unprepared for driving during the winter months and dealing with simple issues such as frost and snow.

READ MORE: Thousands may accidentally crack their car windscreens due to frost

She warned it was “important” road users followed simple safety advice to keep safe during the difficult driving conditions.

She said: “Winter brings with it a range of unpredictable weather that could dramatically impact driving conditions and makes even the shortest of journeys dangerous.

“Our data shows that not only is there an increase in accidents taking place during the winter months owing to adverse weather conditions, but that the severity of accidents also increases.

“Its important motorists are aware of the risks involved and follow safety advice when travelling in order to keep themselves, their passengers, and other road users safe, particularly in tricky

Just 34 percent of road users carry any jump leads with 17 percent carrying an empty fuel can.

Admiral have warned that November, December and January had the highest volume of car insurance claims as changing weather and road conditions saw incidents rise.

There was a 25 percent increase in the number of claims made in November as road users struggled to adapt to the new conditions.

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