Driving along with a snow-covered roof and a porthole scraped clear on your windscreen is not just dangerous and stupid – it could also end up with you being stopped by the police and prosecuted.
Although there is not a specific offence relating to having snow on your roof, there are a number of offences under which you might be prosecuted, such as careless driving or the lesser offence, driving without due care and attention.
A thick layer of snow on your windscreen or bonnet can be blown or slip onto your windscreen, blocking your view while you are moving and leading you to cause an collision.
Similarly, the snow will probably fall off when you are driving at speed or when you brake hard, presenting a hazard to other drivers or pedestrians and potentially causing an accident.
The Highway Code says you should remove all loose snow from your car before setting off. This means you should clear fully the following areas of your car:
- All windows;
- Boot and bonnet;
- Lights & number plates
The easiest way to do it is to use a soft sweeping brush – either a broom or from a dustpan and brush set. It only takes a few minutes and will help make your journey safer. Another alternative is to use the rubber blade of a windscreen scraper.
Whatever you use, make sure it is soft and won’t scratch your car’s paintwork. Halfords sells a telescopic snow broom, but you may already have something suitable in your house.