Nearly one in two drivers surveyed have admitted breaking a specific rule 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 putting themselves at risk of disciplinary action.
The rule that drivers are breaking is still using their vehicle when their visibility is blurred and weakened, usually due to weather conditions.
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If the driver’s visibility is deemed to be impacting visibility by police, the driver is liable for a three point penalty as well as a fine that could go up to £1,000.
The winter weather means that this lack of visibility could be anything from steamed windows to an extra level of fog in the air and not using specific lights for the current weather.
Winter weather, which includes the risk of fines and points, have caused anxiety for drivers and even stopped some from using their vehicle.
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For example, 38 per cent of drivers said they have refused to go out in their vehicle when the conditions have been poor.
This shows that drivers’ anxiety gets so overwhelming for some that they’re not even willing to pull off the drive when they don’t feel it’s safe enough on the roads.
According to a National Tyres and Autocare survey, many found the typical winter conditions to be the most daunting, with 42 per cent saying that ice and snow cause them anxiety and 35 per cent blaming the fog and darker days, which decrease visibility.
Michael Bourne, group marketing director at National Tyres and Autocare says “As you can see from our report, anxiety whilst driving is common in today’s society, especially when the winter months roll around.
“The best way to combat these conditions is to take all the necessary precautions and most importantly, book your car in for a winter service!”
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