Getting into a freezing car on a winter morning is something many of us dread.
Whack on the heating and temperatures can quite quickly warm up – leaving you feeling uncomfortable and stuffy.
It’s only natural that you want to shed your layers and ditch your winter coat.
But did you know that if you do so while driving you could face a fine and penalty points on your licence?
A survey commissioned by CarMats.co.uk found that one in eight UK drivers admit to taking off their winter coats while behind the wheel.
Ash Young, founder of CarMats.co.uk said: “The survey highlights the need for drivers to be aware of the potential consequences of what seem like simple actions such as taking off layers while driving.
“The cold weather has arrived, and while staying comfortable is important, it’s crucial to be aware of the rules to avoid unnecessary fines.
“Safety is key, even in the small things.”
If a police officer pulls you over for taking off winter layers behind the wheel you could face a £100 on-the-spot fine and three penalty points for careless driving.
And if the incident goes further and into court, the penalty for driving without due care and attention could leave motorists with fines of up to £2,500, or £5,000 in extreme cases.
Rule 237 of The Highway Code states you should keep your vehicle well ventilated to avoid drowsiness.
While rule 97 states you should ensure clothing and footwear do not prevent you from using the controls in the correct manner.
So something else to consider with chunky winter boots on the pedals and gloves that could cause you to slip when steering.
The study surveyed 1,366 UK drivers.
There are other winter motoring traps to be aware of too – which were set out by Graham Conway, managing director at Select Car Leasing.
The batteries in electric vehicles are impacted by cold weather.
When the mercury drops, the chemical and physical reactions that take place inside a lithium-ion battery begin to slow down.
As a result, drivers can expect overnight charging to take slightly longer in cold weather, and, similarly, rapid charging could take longer than the usual 20-30 minutes.
Colder weather also causes tyre pressure to fall.
Tyre manufacturer Continental suggests that for every temperature decrease of 10C, tyres will lose between one to two PSI (Pounds per Square Inch) of pressure, which is enough to be detrimental to the car’s handling and stopping capabilities.
It’s recommended in the winter months that drivers check their tyre pressure at least once a week, or they could be fined £2,500 and handed three penalty points for each tyre that fails to meet tyre pressure regulations, if faulty tyres are a contributing factor in an accident.