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Driving with snow on your car

    Clearing snow off of your car can help you avoid fines and keep you safe.

    We all know the feeling, especially given the recent weather conditions.  You go out to your car to find it covered tyre to roof in snow – it’s a sinking feeling, one where your hands will inevitably suffer from getting cold, your socks will probably get wet and you will end up getting in your car cold and soggy. 

    To avoid this it can be tempting to just wipe your windscreen clear, jump in the drivers seat and make way to your destination. However, did you know that it is actually illegal to not be able to see out of every glass panel? 

    According to the Highway Code if you are driving in adverse weather conditions you must be able to see out of every glass panel. 

    If you fail to adhere to this rule, you get could pulled over and fined, or worse, you could up injuring yourself or someone else.

    It is worth taking the time to remove the snow from your car properly and to avoid any fines or accidents.   

    How about snow on my roof? 

    It may not be a glass panel, but snow on your roof should also be cleared. If you brake suddenly all of that snow from your roof could end up on your windscreen, blocking your field of view.

    If it can fall onto your windscreen it can also fall in the way of someone else, which could leave you in trouble and facing a fine for ‘driving without due consideration’.  

    Lights and plates 

    The same rule applies for your cars lights and number plates, they must be clear at all times. 

    You will need to remove any snow from your lights and number plates too. 

    Check your mirrors 

    Your mirrors will need clearing before you move off too, you will need to be able to see and failure to do so could result in three points and a £60 fine.  

    Transport For London

    Cars need to meet minimum emission standards when travelling in the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) or the daily charge must be paid.

    Minimum emission standards

    Petrol: Euro 4
    Diesel: Euro 6

    The ULEZ will be enforced based on the declared emissions of the vehicle rather than the age. However:

    Information from Transport For London

    Check this car on the TFL website before purchasing: https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/ultra-low-emission-zone/vrm-checker-ulez

    SW Car Supermarket

    To save timely negotiation all our cars are heavily discounted upfront and offered nearer cost price, saving customers up to £2000 when compared to our competition. This ensures we are treating every customer the same. This fee is a compulsory fee and applies to all customers.

    Variable admin fee is charged as listed below:

    1. Retail customers pay £199.
    2. Repeat customers purchasing a 2nd car within 12 months of the original invoice date £0.
    3. Retail customers arranging finance using brokers outside of our immediate panel of lenders £399.
    4. Trade customers making a purchase as the motor trade £499.
    5. Export customers including Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland £499.
    SW Car Supermarket

    Reserve any of our vehicles for just £200. Make the most of the lockdown and secure the car you love before anyone else.

    We'll Deliver!

    Our delivery service is completely contactless, no need to leave the house, no need for face-to-face contact. Simply find your car online and have it delivered to your door.

    Click & Collect

    Buy your car online and collect it from our showroom. If you choose to collect your car we will only allow one person into our showroom at a time and we will abide by all social distancing measures.