Is It Legal to Drive with a Dirty Windscreen?
Reading time 3 minutes • Last updated on February 26th, 2021
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Last updated on February 26th, 2021What does this mean?
Visibility whilst driving is key to operating your vehicle correctly, so if you’re driving with a dirty windscreen, it’s likely you’re impeding your ability to drive safely. Previously, we’ve discussed the dangers of driving with a messy car, but what about driving with a dirty windscreen?
The Highway Code for the UK explicitly states that ‘windscreens and windows MUST be kept clean and free from obstructions to vision’ to ensure optimum safety when driving your vehicle. A dirty windscreen, as well as side windows, side mirrors and the back window, can create blind spots for the driver, therefore rendering the vehicle unsafe to drive.
Windscreens naturally get dirty over time, but what determines the difference between an unclean windscreen and an illegally dirty windscreen? If your line of vision is obstructed in any way, this is classed as illegal and leaves you liable to a fine.
A dirty windscreen could land you a fine of £1000, so it’s worth keeping your windscreen clean to not only avoid the fine, but to keep yourself, passengers and pedestrians safe too.
A windscreen can be dirtied or obstructed for a variety of reasons, including:
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