Did you clean off your car completely after the most recent storm? Some people didn’t and not only does it pose a hazard to all those on the road it can get you pulled over! Want to learn more about driving in the winter? Take our online class.
Leaving trails of flying snow and ice behind your vehicle not only can create more hazardous road conditions, but it can blind other drivers. It also dumps snow onto roads that can melt and refreeze causing black ice. It is a hazard to all on the road!
Drivers can be stopped and encouraged to remove any excess snow from their vehicle and reminded that it is a safety issue — not only for themselves but for other people driving on the road. New York has no law mandating snow and ice removal from vehicles, if that flying snow and ice causes damage a driver can earn a violation. Police can, however, write tickets for obstructed windshields!
In 2015, a Valhalla man received stitches after a chunk of ice from the top of a tractor trailer crashed through his windshield. Both New Jersey and Connecticut have such laws in place. This has prompted the State Legislature to discuss bills like the laws in place in other states.
It’s important to take a few extra minutes in the morning to clear your car or truck fully of snow and ice, including from the side and rear windows. He recommended clearing ice from the headlights and taillights to make sure that they’re visible, too.
Stay tuned to this blog spot for more info and as always, DRIVE SAFE!