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Avoiding Motoring Liabilities in Winter

December 11 2018

Some of West and North Yorkshire’s roads can present motorists with very tricky situations when travelling in adverse weather. With potholes hidden by leaves, icy roads, uneven and loose surfaces, winter travelling conditions can really take their toll on motorists.

The state of your vehicle also needs to be maintained to prevent being handed some unnecessary penalties. Specialising in motor law, Grahame Stowe Bateson have provided some tips to help you stay clear of accidents and pesky fines this winter:

One of the biggest risks for motorists in freezing conditions is icy windows. Many drivers tend to use de-icers and window scrapers to remove the frost. Whilst this is effective at improving vision, failing to clear their whole windscreen, (including door windows, back windows and wing-mirrors) can result in a £60 fine and 3 points on your licence.

According to rules 228 of the Highway Code, motorists are instructed not to travel in snowy and icy conditions unless absolutely necessary. Rule 229 states that:

·        Snow and ice must not obstruct the driver’s vision from any windows

·        Number plates and lights must be visible and legible

·        Any snow that could fall from the vehicle and obstruct another road user must be cleared

·        Windows and mirrors must be demisted thoroughly

·        Drivers should plan their route to ensure its clear of delays and no further severe weather is predicted

Making sure of this, in addition to topping up on windscreen washer fluid, checking your tyres and continually checking for mechanical faults will drastically reduce your risk of being involved in an accident or collision with another motorist.

In the unfortunate occasion that you are involved in a road accident, and you require legal representation, Grahame Stowe Bateson have a proven record of safeguarding driving licenses. With offices in Leeds and Harrogate, our team of motoring law solicitors will be more than happy to help. To find out how to get in touch with us, visit our Contact Page.


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