As the beast from the east takes grip in the UK, temperatures are plummeting and inches of snow are adorning the British road network.
Adverse weather conditions bring with it a whole host of issues for drivers to contend with, but motorists are being urged to take care and prepare their car before they leave the house.
The importance of making sure a car is properly road ready to tackle the snow and ice is not just for safety, but also to help a driver avoid being fined.
With snow being somewhat of a rarity in many parts of the UK, drivers may not be aware that driving with snow on the roof of their car could see them penalised.
While it is not illegal in itself and there is no rules permitting driving with snow on your roof, you could be penalised for ‘driving without due consideration’ or ‘using a motor vehicle in a dangerous condition.’
Under rule 228 of the Highway Code it states that drivers must clear all the snow that could affect other road users.
It reads: “Remove all snow that might fall off into the path of other road users.”
The penalty for being caught with snow on your roof that has been deemed to affect other road users is £60 and three penalty points.
Snow could fly off the roof of your car and into the path or view of another motorist, which could be potentially dangerous.