Motorists are being warned that they could be at fault if they have a car accident while driving in bad weather.

Driving in adverse weather conditions could land you with a fine, points or even disqualification.

Motorists could face a charge of careless driving if driving falls below the expected standard including circumstances.

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This includes where the driver fails to take into account the driving conditions, such as snow, ice and fog.

Ash Young, Managing Director at, warns: "Drivers are urged to stay off the roads when the weather is too dangerous to safely operate the vehicle. Should you take the road under hazardous conditions, you have to take full responsibility for yourself, any passengers, other drivers on the road, and your car."

But with drivers not being able to control the weather, the punishment may be seen as unfair.

However, the reality is that motorists have the power to choose whether or not to drive in hazardous conditions and change their driving behaviours to help combat the effects.

According to the law, you could still be held responsible for an incident you are involved in, despite snowy or icy weather contributing to the reason.

If you are involved in an incident in bad weather, you could face:

Top 10 tips for driving in bad weather has shared its top tips for driving safely in the snow and ice to ensure drivers keep themselves and others safe if they are forced to drive in severe weather.

1. Make sure you can see clearly from the driving seat - remove all snow and ice from all your window screen and any other windows. Ensure the mirrors are clean and the windows are thoroughly de-misted.

2. Check around your car before setting off - make sure your lights are clean and number plates are clearly visible and legible. Remove any snow from your car that could fall off.

3. Pack for the eventuality of getting stuck - taking a blanket, food, a drink, phone charger, jump leads and a shovel could make such a difference if your car is stuck.

4. Check your planned route - make sure there is no other snow forecast and the weather isn’t forecast to get more severe. This is especially important on longer journeys.

5. Keep well back from the vehicle in front - stopping distances are far greater on snowy and ice roads, so it’s important to take extra care when leaving space between you and another car.

6. Drive extremely carefully - drive at a slow speed in as high a gear as possible.

7. Try and keep all of your motions smooth and under control - particularly when steering and breaking. When approaching junctions and bends, apply pressure to the brake gradually before steering to prevent the car slipping. Avoid any harsh or sudden braking, any sudden movements could cause the car to slip.

8. Don’t stop when going uphill - If you have to tackle any steep hills when on your journey, it’s vital that you don’t stop. Ensure the road is clear of downhill traffic before heading up and keep a low, constant speed to get you to the top.

9. Stop driving if visibility is impaired - if the weather affects your visibility and you can’t see clearly, you must pull over and stop until conditions improve and you can see again.

10. Ensure you have absolutely no distractions - this is always important to avoid ‘careless driving’, but even more so when conditions are severe. Don’t eat, change the radio, speak on the phone (even hands-free), chat to other passengers, or partake in other activities that can impede your concentration.

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