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How motorists could face fines of up to £19,500 on the road this winter – and how to avoid them

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DRIVES could face fines of up to £19,500 if they hit the road this winter.

The frosty season could cost Brits a lot of money if they don’t adapt in the colder months.

People who do not prepare their vehicle before driving in ice, snow, fog and heavy rain may be subject to a penalty.

Auto finance provider Go Car Credit has uncovered the most common — and costly — mistakes drivers make.

Marketing Manager Hayley O’Connor explained: “Winter weather brings a whole new set of challenges so it’s important that drivers know the laws to avoid hefty fines.

“At this time of year and in the midst of a cost-of-living crisis, keeping your money was more important than ever.

“We’ve put together top winter driving tips to help motorists cruise the roads without fines this winter.”

So what exactly can get you in trouble with the law all winter behind the wheel?

Even if you’re in a hurry to set off, it’s important to wait until your windshield is clear before setting off.

Driving in condensation, ice or snow can result in motorists being fined a hefty £5,000.

The Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986, Regulation 30 states: “All glass or other transparent materials fitted to a motor vehicle shall be maintained in such a condition that they do not obstruct the driver’s view ‘while the vehicle is being driven on a road’.

Even if it costs you an extra five minutes, turn on your fans, scrape the ice, and clear the snow to avoid the penalty.

But while you’re sweeping away the white stuff, remember to clean your license plate, too.

If the elements or dirt from the road obscure your license plate, you could get into hot water.

You might get lucky with a £100 fine on the spot – but drivers may have to come up with a whopping £1,000.

When clearing your car, take a closer look and see if you can read your license plate clearly.

Which brings us to that pesky snow that won’t budge after you’ve covered your vehicle.

Although there is no specific law prohibiting driving with the uninvited guest, you can be fined if it sticks to your windshield or roof.

Motorists can be fined £5,000 if it obstructs their vision and face even more trouble if it slips and endangers people.

If the snow falls on the road or pavement and endangers pedestrians or road users, you could be held liable under the Road Traffic Act 1988 Section 3 – Negligent and Reckless Driving.

As you get ready to drive, you may be tempted to leave your engine running while your engine is defrosting.

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