Defrost car windscreen – Deicing errors that could land you hefty fines in the UK


Defrosting your car’s windscreen can land you a fine if you do it improperly.

It is of crucial importance to ensure that you clear all the car’s mirrored and glass surfaces fully before setting off.

The reason for this is the ice could restrict or impair your vision which could lead to an accident.

What’s more, you can also be fined for doing this.

The offence is dubbed as ‘porthole vision’ which refers to a restricted view out of the window and is punishable with a £60 fine.

Drivers must also not leave their car unattended when defrosting as it could see them invalidate their car insurance cover if they aren’t careful.

If you leave your car unattended to nip back inside while it is defrosting it could void your insurance cover.

Similarly, it puts your vehicle at risk of being pinched by opportunistic criminals.

GoCompare Car Insurance’s Matt Oliver, said exclusively to “By law you have to de-ice and demist all of your vehicle, however, depending on how drivers go about this, they could find themselves without cover.

“Despite the freezing conditions, motorists will not be covered if they leave their vehicles unlocked and unattended while de-icing their car, especially if they leave their keys in the ignition.

“This is due to most policies having a duty of care clause.

“So, while it might be tempting to stay inside the house as the car warms up and demists, if someone were to jump in the car and drive off with it, you wouldn’t be covered. So maybe it’s just better to get thermals on instead.”

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How to quickly demise the windscreen:

Mix 1/3 cup of water with 2/3 cup of rubbing alcohol and put it in a spray bottle, which should melt the ice in a matter of seconds.

The defrosting spray will not freeze because the rubbing alcohol freezes at -128C, which means it can be kept in the car at all times.

Drivers should avoid ever pouring hot or boiling water from a kettle over the windscreen, as this could cause it to crack.

Daily Express :: Cars Feed


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