With temperatures expected to plummet in Lanarkshire this week drivers are being warned to drive safely in winter gear to avoid a penalty.
The National Accident Helpline highlights that there are various rules, regulations, and guidance on what to wear when driving, whatever 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 vehicle.
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With casualty rates for motorists in Scotland being substantially higher than in England and Wales, personal injury experts have shared advice on how to remain safe on the road.
Gloves- While it’s perfectly legal to drive with gloves on, police can fine drivers for not being in full control of their vehicle. This falls under the charge of driving without due care and attention. If you are wearing a pair of gloves, they should enable you to grip the steering wheel firmly.
Should you be involved in an accident where inappropriate gloves caused you to lose control of your vehicle, the consequences could be points, a fine or even 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.
clothes- 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 potential cause of the accident, it could result in three to nine points on your license, a fine or disqualification.
winter-boots- If a driver fails to wear 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 a thick sole 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 Wales, ice and snow, we are urging drivers to think twice about what they wear while driving. .
“While it’s not illegal to drive in certain items of clothing and footwear, they could compromise your ability to control your vehicle – particularly in difficult driving conditions.”
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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.