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Why It’s Worth Getting the Snow and Ice Off Your Car

We get it: Winter driving is the worst. You have to wake up earlier since driving anywhere takes so much longer, watch out for black ice, do battle against road salt

While you probably know the basics of winter driving, you might not always sweep the snow off your car. But you really should.

For starters, it helps keep you and every other driver safer on the road. If that’s not enough of an incentive, in some states it’s against the law to leave snow and ice on your car while driving.

Vehicle snow removal laws

Snow and ice flying from vehicles can endanger drivers and pedestrians. This has prompted several states to pass snow removal laws. Just a few include:

  • Pennsylvania: Drivers can be fined up to $1,000 when snow and ice flying off of their moving vehicle causes damage or injury to another vehicle or pedestrian.
  • New York: It’s illegal to drive with anything on your front windshield or window that may obstruct your view or impair the view of another driver.
  • Wisconsin: Drivers can be fined if snow and/or ice falls from their moving vehicle and creates a hazard for other drivers.

How to correctly get the snow and ice off your car

Here are some other tips worth remembering when it comes to getting the snow off your car:

  • Roof: Snow and ice flying off your car’s roof can cause accidents and even fatalities. Do yourself and other drivers a favor and take the extra minute to completely clear off the roof.
  • Windshield and rear window: Clearing both (not just the windshield) increases your visibility. Be sure to break up snow and ice buildup around your windshield wipers and washer fluid nozzles, too.
  • Side windows and side view mirrors: Removing snow from these areas can be just as important as removing it from your windshields since this will enable you to have clear vision to traffic both from the side and rear.
  • Head and taillights: Uncovering your headlights and taillights will help other drivers see you—and that’s especially important in poor winter weather conditions.
  • License plate: It’s often against the law in many states to have your license plate obstructed in any way. (Plus, it literally takes just one swipe to clear it.) 

Another way to protect your car this winter is by having the right auto insurance. An Erie Insurance Agent in your community can tell you more about the right coverage at the right price and get you a free quote.

ERIE® insurance products and services are provided by one or more of the following insurers: Erie Insurance Exchange, Erie Insurance Company, Erie Insurance Property & Casualty Company, Flagship City Insurance Company and Erie Family Life Insurance Company (home offices: Erie, Pennsylvania) or Erie Insurance Company of New York (home office: Rochester, New York).  The companies within the Erie Insurance Group are not licensed to operate in all states. Refer to the company licensure and states of operation information.

The insurance products and rates, if applicable, described in this blog are in effect as of July 2022 and may be changed at any time. 

Insurance products are subject to terms, conditions and exclusions not described in this blog. The policy contains the specific details of the coverages, terms, conditions and exclusions. 

The insurance products and services described in this blog are not offered in all states.  ERIE life insurance and annuity products are not available in New York.  ERIE Medicare supplement products are not available in the District of Columbia or New York.  ERIE long term care products are not available in the District of Columbia and New York. 

Eligibility will be determined at the time of application based upon applicable underwriting guidelines and rules in effect at that time.

Your ERIE agent can offer you practical guidance and answer questions you may have before you buy.