Driving Safely in Frosty Conditions

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Are you guilty of not clearing the snow and ice from the roof of your car before driving? What about scraping the snow off your tail lights?

Are you aware that is it against the law to not clean off your vehicle before driving? Not to mention, you are putting yourself and others at risk.

Michigan Vehicle Code Section 257.677a states that is illegal to not clear the snow, ice or slush off of your vehicle before driving it on the roadways. Not only is it illegal, it is unsafe for everyone on the road. It is the responsibility of the Michigan resident to make sure they are not obstructing or impairing the vision of other drivers. 

It’s clear as to why this is a law in the state of Michigan. Not only is it illegal, but it is also unsafe. When snow is covering the lights of a vehicle, it is hard for the driver behind you to see if you are braking.

Neglecting to clean off your vehicle before hitting the road is more than just a safety issue. It can also get expensive. If a sheet of ice flies off another car and hits yours, there is a good possibility it will crack the windshield of the vehicle. Also, if a driver has a piece of ice flying through the air at them, this could startle them resulting in slamming on the brakes or swerving their way into an accident.

It could be pure laziness of the driver, or maybe you can’t reach to get all the ice and snow on the top of the vehicle. If you don’t want to clear your vehicle, give your car plenty of time to warm up.

If you can’t reach the top of the car to get the snow, put an extension handle on your scraper, use a soft broom or have someone help you.

Leaving yourself some extra time before heading to work in the winter months can also be of help.


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