Failing to clear snow off your windscreen can invalidate car insurance

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Yellow weather warnings for snow are in place until 11 am this morning across parts of Scotland with the Met Office warning some roads and railways are likely affected, Yellow warnings for ice are also in place across Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and swathes of England.

Areas affected include the East Midlands, East of England, London, North West England, South West England and the West Midlands.

Icy patches are likely to be an issue for road users on some untreated roads which are likely to cause travel disruption,

Matt Oliver, spokesperson for Go Compare said “There are a number of ways” drivers could invalidate their insurance when travelling in dangerous conditions.

He said: “While driving when a yellow weather warning is issued doesn’t affect your insurance cover, there are actually a number of ways drivers could invalidate their cover, or break the law when driving in adverse weather conditions.

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“This means, even if your area has had its weather alert downgraded, you should still exercise caution when it comes to taking your car on the road, and avoid doing it if at all possible.”

One of the easiest ways road users can invalidate their cover in the winter is by failing to de-ice their car windscreen before setting off.

The Highway Code warns drivers must be able to see at all times so should clear all snow and ice from their cars.

Drivers must also ensure their lights are clean and their number plate visible at all times.

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Ice and snow should also be cleared from the car’s mirrors and windows to enhance road vision while snow which might fall off into the path of other cars should be cleared,

Road users are urged to take an emergency kit with a de-icer and scraper with them at all times to ensure they can always clear their windscreen if temperatures drop unexpectedly.

Alex Kindred, spokesperson for said drivers would likely be issued a fine and penalty points for failing to clear their windscreen before setting off.

He said: “Remembering to de-ice your car is also must.

“Drivers should be careful as driving with limited vision, caused by ice or condensation on your windscreen, could land you with a £60 fine and three points on your licence.

“While reaching for the kettle may feel like a quick fix, it could result in damage to the windscreen.”

If motorists do not have a de-icer tool, windscreens can also be cleared with simple homemade solutions.

Rubbing alcohol or a mixture of water and vinegar can be applied to car windscreens to clear the majority of ice cover.

One tablespoon of salt with two cups of water can also be applied to windscreens to reduce the effects of ice.

Speaking to, Daniel Briggs, spokesperson for Motorfinity said: “Avoid simply clearing a small area of the windscreen, too.

“Having only a small area to look through means you won’t have full visibility of the road surface and oncoming traffic which could lead to an accident.

“It is also worth noting that it is against the law to drive anywhere without having cleaned or wiped every glass panel on your vehicle, if driving in adverse conditions.

“With colder mornings now well and truly here, it’s worth getting up a little earlier ahead of the commute to ensure plenty of time to clear the whole screen and windows before setting off.”

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