You could be breaking the law when de-icing your car and could get a fine

As the cold winter months approach, you may be frustrated to know that defrosting your windscreen could land you a fine.

Over the past few days, there has been heavy frost across the UK which has lead to many car windscreens becoming icy.

Drivers woke up this morning to frozen cars, leading to a frantic dash to get get the ice off before traveling to work.

Not only could the mad dash to get the ice off your screen damage it, you could also be breaking the law in the process.

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Police officers have warned that it is an offense to leave a car unattended with the engine running on the public highway.

Rule 123 in the Highway code states that “You MUST NOT leave a parked vehicle unattended with the engine running or leave a vehicle engine running unnecessarily while that vehicle is stationary on a public road.”

Car insurance experts have stated that drivers who start their car on a cold morning and then return inside, leave themselves open to their car being stolen and also not being covered by the insurance.

Ian Crowder of the AA says: “Cold weather is a car thief’s friend and the security of the car is only as strong as the security of your keys.

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“If you put your keys in the car and then walk away from the vehicle you cannot expect your insurance to pay out.

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Ian Crowder, AA
“You have a duty of care to not behave in an idiotic manner which puts your property at risk.”

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Top tips for deicing

1. The first thing you should do is start your engine and circulated the air conditioning around as this is the most effective way to reduce frost.

2. Don’t use boiling water as this can cause the windscreen to crack.

3. Do use a scraper and de-icer to remove the ice.

4. If it snowed, make sure you remove all snow before leaving as if you don’t you could be fined.

5. Make sure the car is clear from ice and frost before driving off. Driving off before it has all cleared could mean your view is obstructed and land you yet another fine.

6. Don’t leave the car unattended at any point while de-icing, this sounds like common sense but first thing in a morning your not always awake.

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