DRIVERS have been urged to correct their common motoring mistakes this Christmas.
With ice, snow, fog and heavy rain, driving in winter demands more from motorists meaning they should be extra careful.
Car experts at Vanamara have come up with the top 10 most common things you could get fined for this winter.
It's essential to carry out regular maintenance to drive safely in winter.
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There're two main areas of your car to focus on to avoid a hefty fine.
Firstly, having low tread on your tyres can result in a fine of up to £2,500 per tyre.
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To check your tyre tread, place a 20p coin in between the groove of your tyre.
If the border of the coin is obscured, then your tyres will likely be above the legal tread limit of 1.6mm.
When you’re finished with your tyre tread check, make sure to test if your car lights are working properly to avoid a £1,000 fine.
It’s also a good idea to try and avoid splashing any unsuspecting pedestrians by driving through puddles.
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In extreme cases, if it goes to court you're liable for fines of up to a staggering £5,000.
If you park your car on a public road and like to warm it up before you set off on your journey, you could be breaking the law and liable to pay a £40 fine.
As the name suggests, only use your foglights when you see fog.
It can be tempting to use them when it’s snowing for example, but you’re not supposed to and could be handed a £30 fine.
Before every journey you make during winter, it’s vital to carry out a series of checks to ensure that your vehicle is safe enough to drive
Wellies are a popular choice for some during the winter months to keep their feet warm and dry, but they're no use for driving.
Make sure your footwear isn’t compromising your driving to avoid a potential £5,000 fine.
If there’s snow on your car roof or obstructing your lights or number plates, set an extra 5 minutes aside to clear the hazard.
Failing to do so could land you with a £3,500 fine, so it’s best avoided.
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Lastly, attempting to drive with a partially obstructed windscreen will hamper your ability to drive safely on the road which is a £1,000 fine if caught.
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