Winter driving visibility – SmartLearner Driving School

When driving in bad weather conditions it is important to be visible to other road users. Winter driving can be dangerous if windows and windscreens are not clear. 


Dirty windscreen

Make sure you can see:

Making sure your windows, especially windscreens are clear and you are able to see out of them before starting a journey is very important. They need to be cleared of any ice, water, and condensation.

  • Keep the windscreen and surrounding windows clear of dirt and snow to avoid a fine.
  • Clear snow from the roof – it can fall onto the windscreen and block your view mid-drive, you may not be able to pull over safely to clear this straightaway.
  • Air-con demists the screen faster and reduces condensation.
  • Replace worn or damaged wiper blades. If there is wear to the blades, they will not clear smudges correctly and may leave streaks across your windows.
  • Do not leave your wipers on auto when you park up if there is a risk of frost. If the blades freeze to the screen, you could damage the blades or wiper motor when you turn the ignition on. The blades risk being pulled from the wiper.
  • Use a suitable additive in your screen wash to reduce the chance of it freezing.

Make sure others can see you:

With daylight hours reduced and more chance of rain, sleet, and snow, there can often be poor visibility when driving in winter.

  • Make sure all car lights are working and the lenses are clean. Other drivers will need to see your headlights to be aware of your presence.
  • If the roads are covered with mud or sleet, you might have to clean your lights after every trip.
  • Keep number plates clean, to avoid fines. If number plates are not visible you can be faced with a fine of up to £1000.
  • If you have to clear snow, don’t forget the lights – front and back.
  • You must use headlights when visibility is seriously reduced. If you use fog lights, remember to switch them off when visibility improves so they do not dazzle other drivers or obscure your brake lights.

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