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Five Driving Fines You Should Know About This Winter

There’s a plethora of things drivers can be fined for, and many fines are actually going up. Here’s a few to be especially aware of in the winter…

Driving Through Puddles

The winter months are marked by tough driving conditions. In addition to ice and snow, rain is common. A lack of sun means that rain water can build up and produce large puddles at the road-side. If drivers aren’t careful, they can inadvertently soak other road-users; including pedestrians. As well as being a major faux pas, this can also land drivers with a £100 fine – if it’s taken to court, the maximum can actually reach £5,000.

Wearing Winter Boots

Road surfaces can be extremely slippy in colder weather. So, it’s not surprising that some of us might opt to wear large and bulky footwear, designed to provide us with extra grip. The problem is that these forms of footwear can be cumbersome – making it difficult to properly use a car’s foot pedals. Highway Code 97 states that drivers need to wear appropriate footwear at the wheel; if yours aren’t up to the task, you could be fined £100 and given three penalty points.

Snow-Covered Number Plate

Your number plate should be visible and intelligible at all times. It is, after all, the only way your vehicle can be properly recognised by the authorities. Typically, drivers may find themselves being stopped if their number plates become too dirty or muddy. However, it’s more likely that they’ll be obscured by ice or snow in the winter. Make sure you keep yours clean if you don’t want to face a £1,000 fine.

Low Tyre-Pressures

Tyres can lose their pressures for all manner of reasons. However, they’re much more likely to lose pressure in colder temperatures. This is means it’s more important than ever to check your tyre pressures in the winter months. If yours are incorrect, you could face a fine of £2,500 and three penalty points for each affected tyre; reaching a total of £10,000 if all tyres aren’t properly inflated.

Ice and Careless Driving 

Ice and cars, as a general rule, don’t get on. Which is why it’s so important that drivers drive cautiously when roads become slippery in winter conditions. Should a driver fail to take proper care, such as tailgating another vehicle or speeding, they can be fined up to £2,500.

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