Drivers have been urged to correct common driving mistakes this Christmas – they total £30,000 in fines

DRIVERS were asked to correct their common driving mistakes at Christmas.

With ice, snow, fog and heavy rain, winter driving demands more from motorists which means they should be extra careful.

Drivers are asked to correct common driving mistakes


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car experts at Vanamara have come up with the top 10 most common things you could be fined for this winter.

Regular maintenance is essential for safe driving in winter.

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There are two main areas of your car that you need to focus on to avoid a hefty fine.

Firstly, low tread on your tires can result in a fine of up to £2,500 per tyre.

To check your tire tread, place a 20p coin between the grooves on your tire.

If the edge of the coin is obscured, your tires are likely above the legal tread limit of 1.6mm.

When you’re done with your tire tread check, be sure to check your car lights are working properly to avoid a £1,000 fine.

It’s also a good idea to try not to splash unsuspecting pedestrians by driving through puddles.

In extreme cases, if it goes to court, you can face fines of up to a staggering £5,000.

If you park your car on a public road and want to warm it up before setting off, you could be breaking the law and face a £40 fine.

As the name suggests, only use your fog lights when you see fog.

It can be tempting to use them when it’s snowing, for example, but you shouldn’t and could be fined £30.

Before any journey in winter, it is important to carry out a number of checks to ensure that your vehicle is safe to drive

Wellington boots are a popular choice for some during the winter months to keep their feet warm and dry, but they are of no use for driving.

Make sure your shoes don’t interfere with your driving to avoid a potential £5,000 fine.

If there is snow on your car roof or your lights or license plates are obscured, take an extra 5 minutes to clear the hazard.

Failure to do so could result in a fine of £3,500, so it’s best to avoid it.

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Finally, attempting to drive with a partially locked windscreen will affect your ability to drive safely on the road, meaning a £1,000 fine if caught. Drivers have been urged to correct common driving mistakes this Christmas – they total £30,000 in fines

Fry Electronics Team

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