“Potholing” Your Windscreen Is Illegal

It is quite likely that not many of you will be aware what the above refers to so let us explain as it does potentially have some connection with motor insurance. At this time of year, there are no doubt going to be some mornings that you go out of your front door with a view to getting in your car and driving to work only to find that there has been a heavy frost and your car windscreen and other windows are frozen.

If you are in a rush, you may get the ice scraper out of the boot and quickly scrape away some of the ice on the glass sufficient to be able to see out. Then, you may get in the car, start the engine, put the heating on full blast along with the windscreen wipers, reverse off the drive and set off for work.

What you should have done is completely clear your windscreen and the other windows of ice before setting off and, by not doing so, unfortunately, you are breaking the law under code CU20. The fine is £60 and 3 penalty points on your driving license.  

As a result, you may find that when your car insurance comes up for renewal your premium goes up. We are sure that you will agree this is something you could do without.

You may wish to buy a suitable cover that you can put over the roof of your car that covers all the windows that you can remove in the morning and put in the boot with this hopefully stopping any ice on the windows.

It is also worth mentioning here that you should not go out to the car and put the engine on and the heating and leave the car unattended whilst the windows defrost as, if a car thief jumped in the car and drove off you would not be covered by your car insurance according to the policy conditions.

We do hope that you have found the above to be of benefit. If you would welcome a quote for car insurance then why not do so via out website as we provide access to an extensive panel of insurers here in the UK offering competitive motor insurance with a range of potential options such as breakdown and legal expenses cover. We look forward to being of assistance.

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