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Driving with Snow or Ice Covered Car is Illegal in Most Places



Driving in the snow can be dangerous but driving with snow on your car is not only dangerous; it’s also against the law.

We have all been following a car down a winter road or highway that has a pile of snow on its roof, hood and trunk. Even though it is no longer snowing, snow is cascading back, affecting our visibility, causing us to use our wipers.  Sometimes, that snow on the roof of the car can transform into a sheet of ice, making it extremely dangerous for the vehicle following behind.

Snow, ice, and frost needs to be removed completely because if not, it blocks your peripheral vision, and that makes you a threat on the road. Even though there isn’t a law that says you have to have snow cleared off your rear window, you could be in violation of unsafe backing if you don’t clear it off.

The excuses people give for driving a snow covered car are that they were running late and didn't think about it, or that they had no way to remove it. The classic excuse is that it will blow off. Yes, it will blow off, slide off or melt off, but consider the consequences of all of that blowing, sliding snow.

Make sure your license plate isn’t covered with snow. And if you don’t clean off the rest of your car, don’t be surprised if you get stopped!

According to the Register Star, New Jersey passed a law in October of 2010 making it illegal to drive snow-covered cars on the streets. The offense will cost the motorist anywhere from $25.00 to $75.00 in fines. A commercial vehicle can be fined as much as $1500.00.

West Virginia has a similar law, and repeat offenders can face even larger fines, if they continue to drive their snow-covered cars. It does not matter if it is a law or not, it is a matter of safety. Snow laden cars are dangerous and can cause accidents for you or for someone else. Take the time to clean the snow from your car before you drive. It may save you money, save you from an accident, or save you from harming someone else.

With travel being slick and icy as it is, save yourself the added challenge of not being able to see and make sure you clear your car windows off completely before you hit the road. And for those of you that have snow tires, under law at least 2 of your tires on the same axel have to be the same.

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