Remove snow from every window, mirror, light, and all wheels so you don’t make winter driving any more dangerous than it already is.
If you’ve ever driven after a snowstorm, you’ve seen it, snow covered windows making it impossible for the driver to see what is happening on the road around them. It’s already hard enough to drive in winter conditions, making defensive driving techniques more important than usual – but how defensive can you drive if you can’t see what’s happening around you?
Reduced visibility increases the risk of an accident
To ensure good visibility, the windshield and all windows should be completely cleared of snow or ice. Use a snow brush or scraper and make sure the wipers are cleared of snow and ice too before you turn them on to avoid damaging them.
The front and back lights should also be cleared so other drivers can see when you intend to turn. Good visibility at the wheel also means being visible to others!
A load of snow or ice on a vehicle increases the risk of accidents
It’s very important to also clear the hood, roof and trunk of your vehicle before you drive off. Otherwise, the load of snow or ice can break off your vehicle. When you accelerate, the load can land on vehicles behind you and cause damage or cause significant injuries to other drivers.
When you brake suddenly, the snow or ice on the roof of your car could slide down onto your windshield. This can not only obstruct your view, but your wipers could get damaged too, and the weight of the snow or ice on your wipers can prevent them operating properly, namely clearing snow and ice from your windshield.
The driver of a vehicle that has not been completely cleared of snow can face additional fines and fees
Depending on where you live and drive, it may be illegal for you to drive with snow on your windows. If you cause damage to another vehicle or cause an accident while driving a vehicle that has not been cleared of snow, you will have to make an auto insurance claim to reimburse the driver of the damaged vehicle, or pay for the damage. In addition to paying the deductible, you will likely see a premium hike that will be in your file for the foreseeable future.