Drivers warn about 4 mistakes motorists often make in winter

AS temperatures are expected to drop in the UK this week – motorists are being warned the weather could wreak havoc on their cars.

When the weather forecast is bleak, it’s important to keep yourself and others safe on the road while driving – and avoid simple mistakes that could result in an accident or fine.

Winter can wreak havoc on our cars, here's what you need to watch out for to avoid heavy fines


Winter can wreak havoc on our cars, here’s what you need to watch out for to avoid heavy finesCredit: Getty

Here are four common mistakes motorists make during the winter months that can result in hefty fines or even points on your license.

Dirty registration plate

You probably know that you shouldn’t drive with snow or ice on your car windshield, but did you know you also have to remove your registration plate?

If your car registration plate covered and cannot be read by others, that could land you a £1,000 fine.

This is because it must be legible for the sign to be registered with Automatic license plate recognition (ANPR) camera.

The clear number plate also tells the police when and where the engine was registered, as well as whether you pay road tax, are insured and have a valid driver’s license.

Always check your car’s registration plate before you set off to keep it free of snow, ice or dirt.

A standard ice scraper should be all you need to keep it clear.

Wheel pressure

Flat tire It can be dangerous to drive in no matter what the weather is like.

Common point engine legend Do flat tires give you better grip in the snow – but that’s not true.

Properly inflated tires will grip the road better, prevent skidding and help you brake at the right time.

During the colder months, tires can depressurize much faster.

You can find the exact pressure your tires will be inflated to in your owner’s manual or the driver’s side door.

Don’t forget to check the tread – it needs to be at least 1.6mm deep over three-quarters of the tire’s width and experts recommend a safe level of 3mm.

Having bald tire could land you a fine of £2,500 per tire – that’s £10,000 if all four tires don’t meet the regulations.

The RAC recommends checking your tires at least once a week during the winter.

Snow boots

You might think snowshoes are a good idea to keep your feet warm in bad weather, but not if you’re behind the wheel.

While boots and other winter boots aren’t technically illegal while driving, it can still get you in trouble.

Wear unsuitable footwear could land you a £100 fine and three points on your driver’s license if you’re in an accident and that counts as the reason.

Rule 97 of the Highway Code states that “clothing and footwear should not prevent you from using the controls properly”.

So, if you intend to wear snowshoes, always bring a suitable replacement pair of shoes to drive in.

Driving through puddles

Although it seems like harmless fun drive through a puddle and splash pedestrians, it can get you in trouble.

You could be subject to a public order offence and risk paying £100 or up to £5,000 if the conduct is taken to court by a pedestrian being attacked.

RAC road safety spokesman Pete Williams said: ‘Anyone unfortunate enough to be splashed with water by a reckless driver while driving through puddles may be subject to a traffic fine. quite large for the driver.

“As of 2013, careless driving can be dealt with by a Fixed Penalty Notice with a £100 fine and three penalty points.”

In other news, drivers have been warned about tire pressure this winter or risk a £2,500 fine

We also look at how drivers can fined £70 for “bad filming” under the new rules and how motorists can risk of being penalized for wearing the wrong shoes in winter

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