With the clocks now back and winter firmly in the air, Northamptonshire and Cambridgeshire Police are urging drivers to be extra careful.
Safer Roads Operations Manager at Northants Police Matt O’Connell, said: “As well as being detected for driving offences, by not clearing your windscreen properly, you risk putting yourself and others in serious danger.
“I know we’re all in a rush in the mornings and want to spend as much time in bed as possible before getting ready and on our way to work, but it’s so important to give yourself an extra ten minutes when the weather turns to make sure your car is fit for the road.
“Not only could you be fined £50 for driving offences, you could end up seriously injuring someone you’re unable to see because your line of sight is blocked.
“And if that’s not enough of an incentive, remember that if you get into a crash because you didn’t properly clean your windows, your insurance company might find you at fault for neglecting to properly prepare your vehicle for the road.”
If you have de-icer available, spray it onto the windows and windscreens of your car
When scraping, use firm, broad strokes across all the glass. Remove all the scraped ice and snow, and ensure that the windscreen wipers are not frozen
You should never use boiling water to melt the ice on a car. While windscreens are certainly more resilient than they used to be, pouring hot liquid onto frozen glass is unlikely to have a positive effect
Don’t turn the car on and go back in the house – leaving a car with the key in the ignition and the engine running makes it very tempting to thieves
De-mist and clear all mirrors
Clean all lights
Make sure number plates are visible
Remove all snow that might fall off into the path of other drivers