As Michigan encounters its first snow and ice of the season, it seems like the perfect time for a friendly reminder about the state's regulations regarding ice and snow-covered vehicles.

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How many times have you witnessed someone driving down the road with only a small patch of snow or ice removed from their windshield? Just enough that they can see only what's in front of them.


Michiganders know how dangerous this is but for some reason, they do it anyway.

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Is it Against the Law to Drive With Ice and Snow on Your Windshield?

Yes, driving with snow or ice covering your windshield is against the law in Michigan, even if you clear a spot to see out of.

Driving with an ice-covered windshield can significantly impair your ability to see the road and other vehicles. In Michigan, you can be ticketed for driving with obstructed visibility, and it may also be considered a violation of basic traffic safety laws.

That ice and snow make it extremely difficult to see. Plus, it could easily slide up your windshield and into the air, ultimately slamming down onto other cars around you.

According to WILX, Michigan is one of 11 states that prohibit driving a vehicle without clearing snow from it. This includes headlights, your roof, taillights, brake lights, and all exterior lights.

Give yourself some extra time and clean off that vehicle.

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