Featured image: A scene in Massachusetts on February 10, 2015, during a record-breaking snow season in New England (photo by Cheryl Landes)
One winter while living in the Northeast, I was driving on Interstate 684 north of White Plains, New York. It was a sunny day, but the day before, a foot of snow fell. I was driving in the right lane at the 65-mph speed limit, and suddenly, my windshield turned black. The driver of the semi truck in the middle lane in front of me did not remove the snow from the top of the trailer, and all of the snow melted enough to slide off. The entire pile landed on my car.
My husband, who was riding in the front passenger seat, turned on the windshield wipers, which pushed enough snow away so that I could see the road.
Thanks to his quick thinking, we avoided an accident.
Drivers not cleaning the snow and ice from their cars cause many accidents every winter, and some are fatal.
Some states fine drivers up to $1,000 if they’re caught. Here’s the list.
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- Rhode Island
Even if you live in a state that doesn’t have snow removal laws, it’s simply common courtesy to scrape your car before driving. It protects other drivers and you. Sometimes when the snow melts, it can slide down your front windshield and block your own view.
After you’ve cleaned your car, walk around it to make sure you have a clear view from all windows. You can be pulled over if an officer notices you have an obstructed view.