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Revealed: the quickest way to defrost car windows and avoid fines

Failing to clear all the snow off the roof of your car can lead to a fine of up to £60 and three penalty points

As the weather gets colder, the re-appearance of snow and ice can make roads difficult to drive on.

But there’s another danger that arrives with the drop in temperatures.

Drivers often fail to leave enough time in the morning to defrost their car which can lead to a flurry of fines, invalidated insurance and even vehicles getting stolen.

An ex-NASA engineer Mark Rober has now revealed top tips to defrost your car in the morning without having to get up too much earlier.

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The four step plan
Step one: Turn your heater on full blast – Hot air can hold more moisture

Step two: Turn air conditioning on – This pulls moisture out of the air

Step three: Turn inside circulation off – winter air doesn’t have much absorption

Step four: Wind the windows down slightly – This will exchange humid air inside for dry air outside.

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Meteorologist Ken Weathers also revealed a quick and easy way to shift the ice off their windscreen in the morning.

A simple solution consisting of rubbing alcohol and water will apparently remove the ice for the screen in seconds.

The solution has a freezing temperature of -128C which means that it can be kept in the car at all times.

Mr Weathers says to make the solution you need to mix 1/3 cup of water with 2/3 cup of rubbing alcohol and then stored in a spray bottle for easy application to the windscreen.

The fines
Failing to clear all the snow off the roof of your car can lead to a fine of up to £60 and penalise you with three penalty points, writes The Express.

Under section 229 of the Highway Code it is outlined how drivers should prepare their car before they set off after adverse weather conditions.

The fine could rise to £100 if it interferes with other road users and drivers can be charged for driving without reasonable consideration.

Leaving your car parked on a public road with the engine running is also an offence.

It violates regulations Rule 123 of the Highway Code which states: “You must not leave a parked vehicle unattended with the engine running or leave a vehicle engine running unnecessarily while that vehicle is stationary on a public road.”

Drivers flouting this rule can land a penalty fine of £20 which can increase to £40 if it is not paid within a specific time frame.

Motorists can also land a fine of £60 if they fail to properly clear all the ice off their car windscreen and windows before setting off.

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