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Police Stop Driver Who Made Woeful Attempt To Clear Snow From Car

Jake Massey

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Police Stop Driver Who Made Woeful Attempt To Clear Snow From Car

You may have heard that the UK has been hit by some snow - not that we like to make a big deal about it or anything.

Some of us are quite partial to an occasional dump of the white stuff, however, none of us are when it comes to trying to deice your windscreen and shovel off your driveway at 7am.

One driver in Scotland evidently hasn't got any time for it whatsoever, clearing only a tiny peephole on their windscreen before hitting the roads.

Police stopped the motorist on the A9 trunk road at Thurso in Caithness on Tuesday morning and have shared pictures of the vehicle in a bid to discourage others from doing the same.

The pictures show the vehicle completely covered in snow, with only a small patch cleared on the windscreen in front of the driver's seat.

Police issued the driver with a fixed penalty notice.

This is not what clearing the snow off your car should look like. Credit: Police Scotland
This is not what clearing the snow off your car should look like. Credit: Police Scotland

A spokesperson for Police Scotland said: "Winter has been biting for most of us this week, which means it is more important than ever that your vehicle is suitably prepared for the roads.

"Unfortunately not everyone follows this advice - officers on patrol stopped this car which was being driven on the A9 at Thurso in the early hours of this morning.

"Appropriate action has been taken against the driver in relation to road traffic offences."

The spokesperson went on to offer general advice applicable to all motorists during these wintry conditions, adding: "It is important before you set off to make sure your windows are clean, properly demisted and clear of all snow and ice before you drive.

"Also make sure that your roof is clear of snow as this affects drivers behind you and can also cause obstructions on your windscreen when braking.

"Winter road safety is not just about clearing your windows - take special care that brakes, tyres, lights, batteries and wiper blades are in good condition and well maintained. In addition, washer bottles need to contain an additive to stop the water from freezing.

"Be aware of the forecast before you set off and if the weather or road conditions are poor or dangerous then consider whether you really need to travel right away."

The Met Office still has yellow weather warnings for snow and ice in place across the majority of the UK, so if you do need to drive, make sure you don't just carve two little eye holes in your windscreen before getting behind the wheel.

Featured Image Credit: Police Scotland

Topics: Snow, Police, Weather, UK News

Jake Massey
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