Drivers urged to use 50p household item to clear windscreen frost or risk £2,500 Highway Code fine

As the winter cold sweeps the country, millions of motorists will wake up in the morning to find their cars covered in frost.

Experts are urging drivers to use a common item that costs less than 50p to help clean condensation from their windscreens and mirrors in the morning.

When it comes to frosted windscreens, drivers can utilise a low-cost microfiber cloth to get the job done fast and easily.

Drivers are recommended to use the fabric cloth in “circular motions to avoid smudging”, as this could also impact the vision from the driving seat.

“Drivers should always make sure to completely de-mist their windscreens before setting off,” said LeaseCar spokesperson Tim Alcock, “or risk being slapped with a fine of up to £2,500 for breaking the Highway Code.”

Drivers who leave only a little gap in their windscreen or mirrors may be accused of irresponsible driving since they are unable to see the road ahead.

Rules 228–231 define how drivers should behave on the roadways in ice and snowy conditions.

Driving in icy or snowy conditions requires caution, even if the roads have been treated, and keeping well back from the road user in front, as stopping distances can be up to ten times longer than on dry roads.

Drivers must be able to see, thus they must clean all snow, ice, and frost from their windows, mirrors, and lights, according to Rule 229.

Motorists should double-check that their intended route is free of delays and that no more snowfall is expected.

Four snow and ice warnings are in effect for Thursday in eastern Scotland and England, Northern Ireland, and South West England, with the east warning still in effect.

The previous Highway Code rule states: “In winter check the local weather forecast for warnings of icy or snowy weather.

“DO NOT drive in these conditions unless your journey is essential. If it is, take great care and allow more time for your journey.

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