Lanarkshire drivers urged to stay safe by wearing winter clothing behi…
With temperatures expected to plummet in Lanarkshire this week drivers are being warned to excursion safely in winter gear to avoid a penalty.
National Accident Helpline highlights that there are various rules, regulations, and guidance on what to use when driving, in any case the season, ranging from choice of footwear to clothing.
The Highway Code says that drivers should ensure their clothing and footwear does not prevent using the controls of their means.
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With casualty rates for motorists in Scotland being significantly higher than in England and Wales, personal injury experts have shared advice on how to keep safe on the road.
Gloves – While it’s perfectly legal to excursion with gloves on, police can fine drivers for not being in complete control of their means. This falls under the charge of driving without due care and attention. If you are wearing a pair of gloves, they should permit you to grip the steering wheel firmly.
Should you be involved in an accident where inappropriate gloves caused you to lose control of your means, the consequences could be points, a fine or already disqualification.
Cycling or running gloves may not provide sufficient grip for example, so it’s best to avoid these. Leather gloves can often be the best option.
Clothing – The Highway Code states: You should ensure clothing and footwear do not prevent you from using the controls in any manner. If you have an accident and your outfit is considered as a possible cause of the accident, it could consequence in three to nine points on your licence, a fine or disqualification.
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Winter boots – If a driver fails to use footwear which allows safe use of the controls, there is a breach of Rule 97 of the Highway Code which may be classed as driving without due care and attention. While it’s not breaking the law, drivers should ensure their shoes do not have athick only as this can affect the use of pedals – the clutch especially.
Winter boots can be particularly dangerous if they provide limited ankle movement or risk getting caught up on two pedals.
Jonathan White, legal and compliance director at National Accident Helpline, said: “As Scots prepare to go about their day-to-day lives amidst warnings of gales, ice and snow, we are urging drivers to think twice about what they use while driving.
“While it’s not illegal to excursion in certain items of clothing and footwear, they could compromise your ability to control your means – particularly in difficult driving conditions.”
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