LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – The cost of driving off without taking time to clear your car in Switzerland can be high: you risk losing your license.
Police in canton Vaud 12, with TCS (Touring Club Suisse) December launched their early winter road safety campaign 12 December to remind motorists they are obliged to keep windshields, mirrors, headlights and tail lights, as well as the front side windows on their cars clear of frost, snow and condensation.
In addition your license plates must be visible and snow cleared from your car so it doesn’t blow and pose problems for other drivers.
Winter safety recommendations:
The police also recommend that you:
- regularly check the level of windshield wiper fluid and the state of your wipers, during the winter
- keep in mind that your speed should be adjusted, not just to traffic and road conditions and visibility, but also to the load you are carrying
- if you’re traveling with anything on the roof – skis, sleds or other objects – it must be loaded perfectly. The weight cannot be greater than that authorized on your car’s permit
- be sure to change to four winter tires until spring and to keep proper gear (chains, scrapers, brush, shovel, for example) in the car.