Driving A Snow Covered Car

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Driving in the Snow: Tips for Staying Safe this Winter
January 16, 2018
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Although winter is slowly coming to an end, you can expect at least one more heavy snowfall to hit northern Michigan before the warm weather is officially here to stay. When it does hit, snow-covered cars will once again cover the roads. Although you can physically drive a snow-covered car, it’s actually illegal to do so. Driving at speeds where snow and ice are coming off the top of your car can be dangerous for other drivers on the road. Because this can be dangerous and hazardous to other drivers, Michigan enacted a law, decades ago, that requires drivers to remove snow from their windshields, windows, tail lights, rear lamps, headlamps, and license plate.

What the Law Says

Michigan Vehicle Code Section 257.677a states the following:

(1) As used in this section:

(a) “Person” shall not include the state or a political subdivision of the state or an employee of the state or a political subdivision of the state operating within the scope of his duties.

(b) “Safety vision” means an unobstructed line of sight enabling a driver to travel upon, enter, or exit a roadway in a safe manner.

(2) A person shall not remove, or cause to be removed, snow, ice, or slush onto or across a roadway or the shoulder of the roadway in a manner which obstructs the safety vision of the driver of a motor vehicle other than off-road vehicles.

(3) A person shall not deposit, or cause to be deposited, snow, ice, or slush onto or across a roadway or the shoulder of the roadway in a manner which obstructs the safety vision of the driver of a motor vehicle.

(4) A person shall not deposit, or cause to be deposited, snow, ice or slush on any roadway or highway.

Take the Time to Brush Your Vehicle Off

This law was enacted simply for the safety of drivers on the road. Failure to comply with this section of the vehicle code can result in being ticketed and fined. Take the time to brush your vehicle off before you drive. It has to warm up anyways, simply brush it off while it then. Plus, you may not realize it, but you look ridiculous driving with a foot of snow on top of your vehicle.

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