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Winter's nasty surprise: the unexpected fine many motorists face when it freezes

Every winter, many motorists risk a fine of up to 50%. which they don't expect.

Cold, rain, snow, fog… Many weather phenomena make driving a vehicle more difficult on bad weather days. This is why it is more dangerous to take the road in winter, when the roads are slippery and visibility is poor. is less good. Traffic accidents are also on the rise, in France as elsewhere, during the winter period, roughly between November and March. This observation pushes the authorities to take action. Be particularly vigilant in respecting the rules during these months of the year.

If you are like the vast majority for motorists, the Highway Code, you probably don't know it by heart. However, there are a large number of debt obligations available. respect before getting behind the wheel in winter. That of driving with a perfectly clear windshield. is one. It is in fact forbidden to drive with snow or frost on it, but also on the rear window and windows of your vehicle. The law provides for sanctions if visibility is impaired. The driver's safety is not insured. Watching the cars go by with their windows still very opaque on very cold days, many motorists – perhaps you ? – are therefore outlaws, sometimes without knowing it.

It must be said that some mornings, when the temperatures flirt with 0, it happens, in the rush, to only release a part of the windshield of your car so as not to waste too much time. Given the need to have peripheral vision to drive safely, this is not always enough . A windshield covered with patches of ice makes it more difficult to perceive other vehicles, road signs, traffic lights and obstacles that may be encountered outside the vehicle. any time on the road.

It is for all these reasons that the Highway Code stipulates that driving a vehicle with a windshield without visibility is prohibited. is an offense. You risk a fixed fine of 68 euros in the event of a check by the police, which may be reduced to the maximum amount of 68 euros. 45 euros if paid within 15 days. Enough to accept more easily to spend a few extra minutes at work. scratch your windshield, even in the cold and with frozen fingertips.

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116