Windscreen wipers WARNING – How you could land a £100 fine driving in the rain

Windscreen wipers WARNING – How you could land a £100 fine driving in the rain

Motorists could be fined £100 while driving in the rain due to simple fault with their wiper blades. Drivers are required to keep their car’s wiper

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Motorists could be fined £100 while driving in the rain due to simple fault with their wiper blades. 

Drivers are required to keep their car’s wiper blades in good working condition and check them regularly. 

New research suggests that two-thirds of UK motorists don’t know when to change their wiper blades and could face a fine.

Halfords is now urging motorists to avoid landing a fine in bad weather by checking the blades and make sure they aren’t breaking the law. 

Wipers that don’t clear the windscreen properly affect drivers’ visibility and count as an MOT fail. 

Motorists can be handed a £50 fixed penalty notice for driving a vehicle in this condition. 

Police could also penalise you for careless driving which carries larger punishments. 

You could be handed an on-the-spot £100 fine which can rise to £5,000 if your case is taken to court. 

Many drivers (16 per cent) would wait for a garage to tell them a wiper blade should be replaced – despite the fact that an issue may not be picked up for many months during an annual service or MOT.

A further 15 per cent would wait until they begin to screech and 13 per cent admitted they simply didn’t know when to change them.

Faye Doolittle, Halfords’ wet weather expert says; “Strong wind and torrential rain could cause trouble for those with dodgy wiper blades. 

“Our research shows that there are likely to be many motorists out there struggling to see as their wiper blades fail to cope with the elements. 

“Poor visibility doesn’t just make driving in the rain unpleasant and more tiring but failing to see a hazard quickly slows your reaction time.

“This can add several car lengths to your stopping distance and make the difference between avoiding a collision and not.”

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