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Stay Safe on Icy Roads this Winter.

Around this time of year, a lot of us find ourselves hoping for a ‘white Christmas’, but with the snow comes the ice. We are all expected to know the safety rules for winter driving, but it can easily slip your mind. So, stay safe whilst travelling on your visits this winter by having a quick read of these recommendations.

road with snowy conditions

PREPARATION:
-First and foremost, ask yourself whether the journey requires a vehicle, or could you get wrapped up and take a stroll.

-The icy weather can cause traffic congestions, many vehicles even get stuck in the snow. Bare in mind you may be queueing a while, you might even have to walk home. Keep a blanket or some extra clothing in the boot so you’re ready for the worst.

-It’s also a great idea to map out your route and let anybody that’s expecting you aware of it and when to expect your arrival.

-Before you set off ensure your windows and mirrors are completely demystified.

-Keep your mobile phone charged in-case of an emergency. It would also be a good idea to store some snacks and water with you.

ICY DRIVING:
-Just like in wet conditions, cold weather causes braking distances to increase – exponentially on ice! In-fact on icy roads drivers are recommended to leave up to 10x the distance of normal gaps.

-The cold conditions will cause a loss of grip on the tyres even above zero, so even if no ice is visible be sure to take care.

-If your vehicle begins to slide, try not to panic and gently steer into it – do not brake hard or let go of the wheel. For example, if the back end of your car begins sliding toward the left, steer to the left.

-Black ice seems to be the bane of every driver in winter. It is very hard to spot but may appear as a shaded stretch along the road, possibly with a glossy sheen or as if a patch in the road is ‘wet’.

-Be wary of lower temperature areas such as in tunnels and flyovers.

-If you find yourself driving over black ice, try to maintain your speed and keep your steering straight. Avoid using the brakes but if you need to slow your car it’s best to utilise your gears -though any sudden changes in the vehicles movement could easily cause it to begin sliding.

With that said, the cold isn’t all bad news as it brings some great deals. Like our winter sale with number plates from £69 and others with 10% off! Head on over to our number plates search page to see if your personalised registration is on offer.

icy road covered in fog

From everybody at New Reg we hope you stay safe this Christmas and enjoy every second of your holidays. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Driving Laws You’ve Probably Broken!

There are many laws to abide by when you’re driving a vehicle, those laws can adjust and change as you move from B-roads, to A-roads and onto motorways. I’m sure we all try our best not go against any of these laws but a lot of people may not even realise they are braking laws they didn’t know existed!

Driving can sometimes be irritating, especially when you have a slow driver in-front of you or somebody in the on-coming traffic is cruising along with their full-beam headlights on. But be wary that this kind of behaviour can and will earn you a fine if not points on your license.

Here are a few examples of driving laws you may not be aware of:

Slow Driving
Police may pull over slow drivers to have a quick word as it can cause both irritation and confusion among other drivers. Irate drivers are much more susceptible to taking rash actions, therefore increasing the chance of an accident.

Consequence: From a verbal warning all the way up to 9 penalty points – depending on circumstances.

Failing to Remove Snow
Failing to clear your car roof from snow can be incredibly dangerous to both others and yourself. After driving and braking on and off the snow could easily slip down into your vision and block your sight all together.

Consequence: £60 fine and 3 penalty points.

Due Care
Many tasks come under this term, such as eating, drinking, applying make-up, changing CD, using in-car infotainment system or re-filling that e-cig. While not all these actions are illegal per-se, driving without due care is, so too much focus on any task except driving whilst in control of a vehicle is definitely illegal.

Consequence: Between 3 and 9 penalty points and possibly a £100 fine.

Single Yellow Parking
While we all know parking on a single yellow line isn’t illegal, leaving your car whilst there is. Single yellow lines are not for parking or ‘nipping into the shops’. If you’re parked on single yellows, then the second you leave your car you are liable for lawful punishment.

Consequence: Fines up to £130

Unfixed Phone SatNav
It’s so cheap to pick up a dashboard phone stand these days nobody can have an excuse to not be using one. They’re cheap, convenient and safe. So many drivers are resting their phones on their laps and using them as a SatNav, constantly removing their eyes from the road and their surroundings. If you’re mobile phone isn’t fixed into position, then using it with or without SatNav is completely illegal.

Consequence: A straight £200 fine and up to 6 penalty points on your license.

Splashing Pedestrians with Puddles
Other than making you very annoying and loathsome this can actually get you into trouble with the law, causing you to fork out potentially large sums! Driving without reasonable consideration for other persons’ is considered a crime.

Consequence: Possible 3 penalty points, plus a fine ranging between £100-£5000 – depending on whether your case goes to court or not.
Woman splashed by car going through a puddle

Paying at the Drive-Thru
This one may catch a lot of people out, it may also seem tedious but it’s in place for a reason. When paying for your order with a smart-phone at drive-thru’s, you want to make sure your hand-brake is on and the engine off, otherwise you risk being punished for using your phone whilst driving.
Consequences: 6 penalty points and £200 fine – that’s an expensive burger!

Speed-Cam Headlight Warnings
Many drivers warn their fellow drivers of on-coming police speed cameras by flashing their headlights. This act of vigilance is very much frowned upon by the law, classing it as ‘a dangerous practice’. Drivers flash their lights to give-way, catch other driver’s attention and many other ways in which they were not designed for, all of which can be seriously dangerous – blinding, confusing and distracting anybody within range.

Consequence: A fine with a minimum of £30.

There are many laws and rules to follow when it comes to vehicles and road use. Be sure to keep up-to-date with the latest on the DVLA approved number plate laws by visiting our Guide to DVLA Approved Plates – filled with laws on styles, designs, regulations and more.

How does your Vehicle Number Plate Work?

In the past vehicle registration numbers were harder to decipher, that all changed in 2001 when UK number plates were updated and took a more simple approach. Now your registration follows this pattern: two letters, followed by two numbers, finished with three more letters. Each part of this format has its own reasoning.

vehicle registration format explained

Area Code
The first section (two letters), holds both the area in which the vehicle was originally registered and a DVLA local office, so if a number plate begins with ‘L’ then it was registered in London (this is known as the ‘DVLA memory tag’, you can read more on this here: www.newreg.co.uk/dvla-number-plate-identifiers/

Age Identifier
The second section reflects the year in which the vehicle was registered, splitting the year into two halves. If a car is registered in the first half of the ‘car registration year’ (between March and August) then the two numbers simply show the last two digits of the current year. Although, if the vehicle is bought in the second half (between September and February), then the first digit on the plate reflects the last digit of the current year, while the following digit denotes the decade (6 is shown for the current decade 2010 to 2019). Follow this link to learn more about vehicle registration ages: www.newreg.co.uk/services/new_registration_format_age_identifiers/

Random Letters
Lastly, the three letters that finish off each number plate are also used by the DVLA. These numbers are completely random but allow for a unique reg on vehicles that have the same area code and age identifier.