Police Warn Against Defrosting Cars by Leaving Them Running

In the past few weeks police have released various statements concerning defrosting vehicles on icy mornings. They are firstly urging all road users to make sure that their cars are properly defrosted before attempting to go on the road. The police have stated that it is illegal to drive a vehicle which is not properly defrosted as the limited visibility can lead to accidents. Sgt Claire Pearson from the Road Policing Unit has stated that “It is a criminal offence to drive a vehicle that is not suitable to be on the road. Drivers need to make sure that they fully de-ice their cars before they set off”.

However, even those that do de-ice their cars in the morning are receiving warnings from police not to leave their vehicles unattended as it leads their vehicles open to theft. There has already been an incident in Bolsover, Derbyshire as a BMW was stolen off of a woman’s driveway at just after ten o’clock in the morning. The owner had started her vehicle however then went back inside her home to collect her bag, but by the time they came back the vehicle was gone. Community Safety Partnership Sergeant Paul Smith said “It takes just a couple of seconds for someone to jump in and make off with your vehicle so the best advice is not to leave it unlocked or unattended with the engine running. Stay with your car at all times and be aware of any suspicious activity.”

Furthermore, if your car is stolen due to it be unlocked or unattended it can invalidate your car insurance, meaning that you may have to pay for the loss out of your own money. Steve Price, head of Direct Line car insurance stated that “many of us are pressed for time in the mornings and so leaving your car to warm up whilst running back indoors to tie up some loose ends can seem like a clever use of our time. However, if a theft occurs under these circumstances, policyholders may not be covered”.

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