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Urgent warning for motorists driving with snow on top of their car

Urgent warning for motorists driving with snow on top of their car

An urgent warning for motorists has been issued as temperatures in the UK continue to plummet.

As temperatures across the UK continue to plummet - with some areas hitting as low as -10C - it can be a dangerous time for motorists.

And it looks like snow may be on the way for some in the UK in the coming days, as The Met Office has issued a yellow snow and ice warning.

You will want to remove the snow off your car before you get going.
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They have warned that the conditions could lead to rural communities being cut off, and of course travel disruption.

An urgent warning that motorists will want to aware of is the rules with driving surrounding driving your car with snow on top of it.

While there is actually no law that states it is illegal to drive with snow on your car, it depends on where the snow is.

The Highway Code says that if you are driving in adverse weather conditions, you must be able to see out of every glass panel in your vehicle - and that is by law.

Section 41D of the Road Traffic Act 1988 supports this meaning it is a legal requirement to have a clear view of the road before you set off.

Rule 228 of The Highway Code adds that you must 'remove all snow that might fall off into the path of other road users'

Failure to abide by this rule could land motorists a £60 fine and three penalty points.

The RAC advise motorists to de-ice their windscreen on the outside and thoroughly demisted on the inside before setting off.

Even if you are just having a quick nip to the shops, it is important to remember that all windows can be seen out of and any snow that could fall off the vehicle has been removed.

This advice will certainly come in handy over the next week, as the Met Office has warned that the UK will stay cold throughout the weekend and into next week.

Bad news for motorists... the cold conditions are expected to go into next week.
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There is an increased risk of sleet and snow, plus overnight frost could be severe at times.

Met Office Chief Meteorologist, Steve Willington, said: “It is staying cold with daytime temperatures remaining only a few degrees above freezing in many places over the coming days and overnight temperatures dropping to -10°C or lower in isolated spots.

"Although below average, these temperatures are not that unusual for this time of year.

"There is still a risk we could see some freezing fog in places particularly southern England, especially for Sunday and Monday mornings.

"And there is also a small risk of a band of sleet or snow moving into the far Southeast on Sunday.

"If this happens it could potentially bring some disruption, especially to rush hour on Monday. A warning has been issued."

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Topics: UK News, Weather, Cars