One in two drivers surveyed have admitted breaking a specific law while behind the wheel which puts themselves at risk of three points on their licence and a fine of up to £1,000.
Some of the drivers didn’t even know that what they were doing was illegal, but under the Highway Code and the Road Regulations act, they were breaking the law.
The rule means that if you drive with your windows steamed, and it’s deemed to be impacting your visibility by police, you are liable for a three point penalty as well as a fine that could go up to £1,000.
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In new research revealed by National Tyres and Autocare they said: “The most surprising stat was to discover that 50 per cent of drivers admitted to driving whilst their windows were steamed up, which can be incredibly dangerous and could also result in a £60 fine and three points on your licence.
“Half of Brits admitted to driving whilst their windows were steamed up, putting them at risk of a £1,000 fine and a discretionary disqualification along with 3 points on their licence for failure to have a full view of the road and traffic ahead according to the Highway code.
“We are warning drivers to take caution whilst driving on the roads this winter as only 8 per cent of Brits have booked their car in for a winter service and almost half of Brits (46 per cent) admit that they feel some level of anxiety when it comes to driving in poor weather conditions.”
The new research suggests that most brits didn’t know that driving with steamed up windows was actually a criminal offence. It also reveals that in poor weather conditions there is much more anxiety about driving.
Despite many not knowing the rules on steamed windows, reading the Highway Code you can find out what codes are supported by law through specific wording.
When reading the Highway Code, if a rule states that you “must” do something, then this is usually supported by law.
In the case of steamed windows the Road Vehicles Lighting Regulations 1989 regulations 23 & 27 and the Highway Code states that “windscreens and windows MUST be kept clean and free from obstructions to vision”.
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