Four ways you’re breaking the law driving in the snow – here’s what you need to know to avoid a £1,000 fine – The Sun

WE'RE set to be in for more snow this week – and Storm Barra is already proving a nightmare for motorists.

Up to eight inches of snow are predicted to fall in Scotland by the end of today, reaching northern England soon later.

An amber alert for wind and rain was issued by the Met Office, with chaotic 80mph winds and snow expected imminently.

But how does that affect you if you're trying to make the commute into work in the morning when the temperatures suddenly take a dive?

Each of the factors are sure to make some pretty treacherous driving conditions – especially in the lead up to Christmas as many are zipping around trying to complete their shopping.

We explain four things to avoid if you're a driver and it's been snowing, so you can keep safe on the road.

The tips will also help you avoid a penalty too as in some cases you could be met with a fine worth up to £1,000.

If you have to drive at all, check out this list to avoid violating your insurance – or getting slapped with that whopping fine.

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1) Defrosting your car – the lazy way

Nipping out to switch your engine on early may seem like a clever way to make your car comfy and defrost the windscreen.

But you can invalidate your insurance if you leave the motor running unattended.

That is because most brokers will refuse to pay out if drivers fail to live up to their "duty of care" — a common clause in contracts.

Michael Lloyd, the AA’s insurance director, said: "Every winter we get reports of members’ cars that have disappeared off drives.

"The fact is that the keys are the weakest link in the car security chain and leaving your car unattended, unlocked and with the keys in in it is simply inviting it to be stolen.

"If it is ticking over, warming up, it makes the thief’s job very easy.

“Every insurance policy carries with it a ‘duty of care’ which means that you should take reasonable steps to protect your property and not do anything that could avoidably lead to loss or damage.

"And leaving your car with the engine running falls squarely into that category.

"No insurance company will meet a claim where you have left your car open to be stolen."

2) Driving with snow still on the roof

While having snow on your roof is not prohibited it could land you in deep drift with the law.

Should clumps fall onto your windscreen or onto another car you could be penalised for driving without "due consideration".

More seriously, you could be considered to be using a motor vehicle "in a dangerous condition".

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