Wiper woes – the overlooked items that could cost you thousands
As heavy rain hits many parts of the UK drivers are being urged to make sure they’re not breaking the law through carelessness or laziness.
Driving with faulty wiper blades isn’t just potentially dangerous, it’s also illegal but as many as two thirds of drivers don’t know when they should replace them.
Wipers that don’t clear the screen properly affect drivers’ visibility and count as an MOT fail. Driving with a car in this condition could see you hit with a £50 fixed penalty notice for driving a vehicle with a part in a defective condition.
Police could also view your actions as careless driving, which carries a £100 on-the-spot fine but can lead to a maximum fine of £5,000 if the case is taken to court.
Motoring retailer Halfords is now urging drivers to check their blades to stay within the law after its research found more than one in 10 drivers (16 per cent) waits for a garage to tell them their blades need replaced while 15 per cent wait until they start screeching before taking action.
Replacing faulty blades takes a few minutes but could save you from trouble. Picture: Shutterstock
Faye Doolittle, Halfords’ wet weather expert commented: “Strong wind and torrential rain could cause trouble for those with dodgy wiper blades.
“Our research shows that there are likely to be many motorists out there struggling to see as their wiper blades fail to cope with the elements.
“Poor visibility doesn’t just make driving in the rain unpleasant and more tiring but failing to see a hazard quickly slows your reaction time. This can add several car lengths to your stopping distance and make the difference between avoiding a collision and not.”