Motorists risk up to £18,000 in fines this winter as one simple mistake could cost £10,000

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As the weather gets colder, motorists are being warned of driving conditions getting worse, as seen by Storm Arwen battering much of the UK with large parts of Scotland, Wales and northern England. Drivers saw heavy winds, snow and ice, with drivers facing hours of travel disruption, and are now being warned of thousands of pounds worth of fines they could amass if they drive this winter.

Tyre pressure

In the colder weather, tyres lose their pressure much more quickly and it is recommended that drivers check their tyre pressure once a week.

Drivers could be fined £2,500 and handed three penalty points for each tyre that fails to meet tyre pressure regulations and legal tread depth rules.

If all four tyres fail, they could be looking at a £10,000 fine and 12 points on their licence.

Number plate

It’s a well-known fact that leaving snow and ice on your windscreen or roof can result in a fine.

But drivers need to ensure any snow is not covering their number plate, as they could face up to £1,000 in fines.

A concealed registration plate, whether covered in snow or dirt and grit from the road, is considered obstructing the police as they use the registration plate to check if a car is properly taxed, insured, and has a valid MOT.

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Careless driving

Many people think that careless driving is using a mobile phone or drifting between lanes, but it includes a lot more.

Careless driving can include simple mistakes caused by icy conditions, such as following another car too closely, driving too quickly (even within the speed limit) and taking a corner too fast.

If the police deem a driver to be driving carelessly, they could see fines up to £2,500.

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