Motorists urged to be cautious

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Police Scotland is urging motorists to take some simple security precautions to safeguard their vehicles during the current cold snap.

With the recent icy mornings, motorists are being reminded not to leave their vehicles unattended when defrosting their car windows.

Leaving the engine running to allow the windows to clear may be tempting, but this can provide thieves with the prime opportunity they are looking for to steal vehicles in a practice known as ‘frost-jacking’.

In such cases insurers can refuse claims of theft if a vehicle is stolen while unattended and running with the keys in the ignition.

Motorists are also being urged to ensure their cars are fit for the road.

A force spokeswoman said: “Police Scotland encourage regular maintenance of vehicles including ensuring windscreens, wiper blades and windows are kept clean, clear and free from defects.

“As such, please make sure windscreens are properly demisted and clear of snow and ice before you drive. Low sun can make it difficult to see and a dirty, greasy or damage windscreen can make this worse.

“Please also check that your screen wash is topped up, brakes and lights are in working order and tyres or of sufficient tread.”