Winter arrived a little earlier this year than we were used to in recent years. Well, it’s December, so snow has its own right. On the other hand, this enemy of ordinary motorists causes a general slowdown of traffic, especially when someone underestimates the white covering on the road and crashes.

Photo: Jan Majurník

A snow-covered car is a common winter problem for drivers parking on the street.

One of the winter traffic factors I suffer from is cars parked on the street being covered in snow or covered in ice. However, some motorists do not pick up a broom and start honestly sweeping and scraping, but instead create a window on the windshield and drive forward in their snow-camouflaged tank.

And that’s a mistake, because you should sweep and defrost the car before leaving, including the lights and license plates. Don’t forget the hood, because while you’re driving, the snow that flies will continuously cover your windshield and impair your visibility, while the snow left on the roof will cover the windows of the cars behind you, which is no less dangerous. So if you don’t want to break the windshield because of a snowy windshield, or if you don’t want someone to ram into you from behind, it’s worth spending that extra minute cleaning your car.

However, what is the risk of an insufficiently swept car, possibly frozen windows or a car otherwise “masked” by natural snow or ice? A band-aid from the police, but the insurance company surprised…

Photo: Vladan Laxa

Frosted glass? The tank sight is not enough, defrost them all.

We received an answer from the Ministry of Transport that answers the question of frozen and snow-covered windows, including snow caps. The Road Traffic Act prohibits this, specifically as follows:

  • drive a vehicle that has dirt, ice or snow on it that obstructs the view from the driver’s seat forwards, backwards and to the sides
  • drive a vehicle that has ice on it or in its cargo, which, if released, could endanger the safety of road traffic

Laziness to clean the windows and bodywork can cost the driver a nice 2,000 CZK on the spot, or 1,500 to 2,500 CZK in administrative proceedings.

What about the insurance company? What if, as a driver, you cause a wreck with a poorly cleaned car? For example, do you drive with a tank visor and miss another vehicle? Or if it becomes apparent that your failure to clean the car caused the accident?

Photo: Jan Majurník

Did you know that most passenger cars have a heated rear window? Just press the appropriate button, wait a while and the magic will appear.

You will be surprised, but the insurance company, or at least Kooperativa, will not sanction it in any way. Milan Káňa from “koopka” expressed himself as follows. “The insurance company would not handle these cases. This is a similar violation to a driver running a red light.”

Therefore, it does not follow from the above that you should stick to sweeping cars and drive with a snow cap or a tank visor. On the other hand, if an accident happens, you don’t have to worry about such a violation of the regulations on reducing insurance benefits. Which may not always be a good thing, don’t you think?

Do you think the current fine for an unswept/de-iced car is?

Insufficient. The penalty should be more severe.

Sufficient, nothing should change.

Too high, on the contrary, it should be milder.

A total of 2 readers voted.