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Police warning after cars being stolen whilst being defrosted

Police are urging drivers not to leave their car unattended with the engine running as it defrosts during the current cold spell.

Frosty Morning

Please see the following advice for preparing your car on icy mornings:

  • Always ensure your windscreen and other windows and mirrors are fully de-iced and de-misted before driving off. Driving without clear visibility is illegal but and puts yourself and other road users at risk.
  • When de-icing your windows, never leave your car unattended with the keys in the ignition, even for a second.
  • Stock-up on de-icing materials before the cold spell starts.
  • Once the windscreen has cleared, use air conditioning or heating to keep the glass mist-free.
  • Cover your windscreen with a blanket or windshield cover the night before frost is forecast, it will shorten the time it takes to clear your windscreen in the morning.
  • Put your car away in the garage if one is available. This not only keeps the car frost-free but also out of sight of would-be car thieves.
  • Get up a few minutes earlier if frost has been forecast. This will give you extra time to go outside and defrost your car before you need to set off for work.
  • Ensure your wiper blades are in good condition and make sure you have plenty of washer fluid.
  • Check your tyres are correctly inflated and have a legal tyre tread.
  • Plan your journey and allow plenty of time - as you may need to drive more slowly, particularly in fog, snow and heavy rain.


Published 12/02/17