Can you drive with snow on your car? While a small amount of ice and snow can remain, it’s not safe when it’s flying off your car. In some states, it’s even illegal to operate a vehicle with excessive snow on your car, so it’s important to properly remove any snow and ice before driving off.
The Dangers of Snow on a Moving Car
Not only will snow and ice affect your visibility, it can cause serious damage to other cars and people. Many drivers choose to not clear the roof of their cars for various reasons, but this can cause accidents on the road. If it isn’t properly cleared, depending on where you live, you could risk being fined a few hundred dollars for causing unsafe driving conditions.
This is because sheets of ice being blown off car roofs can cause high-impact damage to people and cars. In addition, snow blowing off your car can cause visibility issues for the vehicle behind you.
States Where it’s Illegal
Since not every state gets snow, laws aren’t the same. Out of the 50 states, there are only four states where driving with excessive snow or ice on your car is considered illegal:
- Connecticut – Fines for driving with snow on your vehicle range from $75 for minor offenses to $1,000 for snow and ice that causes an accident or injury.
- New Hampshire – Known as “Jessica’s Law,” in New Hampshire, this law requires removal of ice and snow before driving. Fines range from $75 for a minor offense to $1,000 for snow or ice that causes injury or property damage.
- New Jersey – Fines range from $25 to $75 for not removing accumulated ice and $200 to $1,000 if ice flies off while driving and causes injury.
- Pennsylvania – If snow or ice flies off the vehicle, the driver can be fined anywhere from $75 to $1,000 if it causes injury to pedestrians or a vehicle accident.
While there are only four states that have an official law against driving with a snow-covered vehicle, other states are able to hand out fines. Instead of implementing a law centered around snow, these states treat snow-covered vehicles the same as any general obstruction of view. The severity of fines is similar to the four states listed, but it’s best to check your state’s rules and regulations for when a fine can be handed out.
Drive Safely this Winter
Regardless of whether or not it's illegal or you can be fined, driving with snow or ice on your vehicle is dangerous, so it’s important to properly clear it off before you hit the road. The safety of you, your passengers, others on the road, and pedestrians should be the number one priority when driving.
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