Wearing too many layers while driving could land you with a fine

Wearing too many layers while driving could land you with a fine
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Wearing too many layers while driving could land you with a fine (Photo: Shutterstock)

Enjoy wrapping up in the winter months, and hate putting on the car heater? Well this could land you in hot water if you’re involved in an incident on the road.

Wearing multiple layers can reduce a driver's ability to move in the car seat, and can be considered a contributing factor to driving dangerously.

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£100 on the spot fine

It might be tempting to bundle on layers in colder weather when you get in your car, but wearing anything that has a negative impact on your mobility in the driver’s seat can put yourself and others at risk.

If you happen to be involved in an accident while wrapped up, you could be viewed as at fault, meaning your insurance company may not pay out.

Driving inappropriately - an example being changing lanes without being able to check over your shoulder because of the layers - can lead to a £100 on the spot fine for careless driving.

The size of the fine increases with the severity, with the maximum fine being up to £2,500.

Winter driving survival guide

To help newly qualified drivers get to grips with winter conditions on the roads, Marmalade has released a new winter survival guide from young driver specialists.

The guide offers vital tips, including the exact settings drivers should have their heaters and fans at in order to clear their windscreens.

Other topics discussed in the guide include:

  • Checking the tyre tread is sufficient for winter roads and how to do it
  • The correct way to clear your windscreen of ice, snow and fog to prevent the risk of fines
  • Why driving in the rain could lead to you being out of pocket
  • What you should do if you lose control on the ice or in the rain
  • What essentials you should keep in your car throughout the winter