Winter driving alert

Fines snow joke for drivers

Failure to clear roof could lead to penalties

Drivers have been warned of potential winter fines misery. A survey of 2,000 motorists  has revealed that 63 per cent of Brits will start their drive with snow on the roof of the car, which could lead to a hefty fine.

While this isn’t against the law, if it falls from your windscreen while driving or into the path of another car, you could be penalised for offences such as ‘driving without consideration’.

With snow blanketing much of the country, it’s likely that many motorists could be hit with not just a £60 fine, but also three points on their licence.

The survey also revealed other laws that aren’t commonly known, such as honking your car horn in anger, an offence not known by 79 per cent of motorists, well as flashing your lights to give way, which is an offence that 95 per cent didn’t know about, according to the survey by

In contrast, many people also think some activities are illegal, when they are in fact legal. As for footwear, 52 per cent thought it was illegal to drive barefoot, 46 per cent think it’s illegal to drive in flip flops and 33 per cent think it’s illegal to drive in high heels, all of which are legal.

Many of us were told when we were younger that it’s illegal to drive with the interior light on in the car. A whopping 46 per cent still believe that this is the case, when it is in fact legal.

Phil Morgan, Head of, says: “While the chances of getting fined for doing any of the above offenses are extremely low, they’re still not worth the risk. While some of the offences might not be commonly known, but nobody wants to risk their safety or have to pay a hefty fine for something that they didn’t know was going to cost them, so it’s best to know these sooner rather than later.”

You can read more about what motorists think is legal and illegal here.

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