How your car's AIR CONDITIONING could land you a £5,000 fine this summer – and how to avoid it

SUMMER is just around the corner, but motorists are being warned that the hot weather could land them a £5,000 fine.

The Highway Code sets out the things to keep in mind when driving in summer within its Rule 237.

Part of Rule 237 states that drivers must keep their cars 'well ventilated' in order to avoid drowsiness.

It goes on to warn that drivers should be aware that the road surface may become soft or if it rains after a dry spell it may become slippery.

These conditions could affect your steering and braking.

Failing to adhere to these guidelines and therefore not having proper control of the vehicle could land you with a £5,000 fine in the most serious cases.

These cases include endangering another drive or pedestrian, or causing an accident. This means a court summons and potentially being banned from driving on top of the fine.

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According to the government: “many of the rules in the Code are legal requirements, and if you disobey these rules you are committing a criminal offence.

“You may be fined, given penalty points on your licence or be disqualified from driving. In the most serious cases you may be sent to prison.”

Drivers have also been warned about bright sunlight during the summer month.

If the sun shines in your eyes and causes you to momentarily take your eyes off the road, a police officer could claim that you were "driving without due care and attention".

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According to the same Rule 237 of the Highway Code, drivers need to slow down or pull over if they are "dazzled by bright sunlight".

So if a motorist chooses to disobey the Highway Code by not pulling over when dazzled by sunlight, the police would be within their rights to charge you with careless driving.

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