Are you breaking the law by defrosting your car?

Police officers have warned that it is an offence to leave a car unattended with the engine running on the public highway.

Rule 123 in the Highway code states that: “You must not leave a parked vehicle unattended with the engine running or leave a vehicle engine running unnecessarily while that vehicle is stationary on a public road.”

Car insurance experts have stated that drivers who start their car on a cold morning and then return inside, leave themselves open to their car being stolen and also not being covered by the insurance.


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