The conditions can make driving dangerous and unpredictable, plus the cold weather can take its toll on your vehicle. Not only this but there are a few laws that you need to be aware of at this time of the year so that you can avoid getting pulled over and avoid getting a hefty fine. Keep reading to find out more.
The Importance of Maintaining Your Vehicle
First, you need to know the importance of maintaining your vehicle at this time of the year. Keeping up with car maintenance is key so that you can prevent breakdowns and costly repairs, keep your car in a safe and roadworthy condition and prolong its life of the vehicle.
In winter, you will want to make sure that your lights are working, that your fluids are topped up and that the battery is in good health. It is also important to check over your car tyres as these need to be in good condition for this time of the year. Therefore, you should inspect the tyres, check the pressure, and check the tread depth. You might also find it helpful to switch to winter tyres so that you have a better grip on the roads. There are some places in the EU, such as Germany and Sweden, where it is required by law that you have winter tyres, so keep this in mind if travelling.
Dirty Registration Plate
Winter is a time of year when snow, ice, and debris can cover the car. Most know that driving with snow and ice can result in a fine, but did you know that you could also be fined if your registration plate is not visible? Motorists can be fined up to £1,000 if their plates are not clear, so make sure that you give both the front and rear plates a wipe down before each journey (especially if there has been a lot of snow and/or if you have been driving in muddy conditions).
Ensure Lights & Windows are Clear
Following on from this, you must also always make sure that your lights and windows are clear from snow, ice, and debris. Not cleaning the windscreen properly is a common mistake in winter and one that could result in 3 points on your license and a fine of £100. Try using air-con to demist your screen and reduce condensation if this is an issue.
Every motorist needs to be prepared for the winter months as it can be a tough time. You will want to make sure that your car is in good condition so that it is safe and legal as well as make sure that your plates, lights, and windows are not covered by snow, ice or debris to avoid getting pulled over.