Is it Against the Law to Not Clean Snow Off Your Car’s Windows?
Yes, and since this week feels like winter, we think that it’s important to talk about the necessity of driving without having snow obstruct your windows. Why? Because it’s the law. Earlier today, I saw my neighbor pull out of his driveway and he didn’t give his car ample time to heat up. His entire back window was still fogged and covered with ice. I had to ask him, “do you know that it’s against the law to drive with an obstructed view?” He told me that he didn’t and I realized that most people probably don’t either: Sec. 708a. A motor vehicle shall not be operated on the public highways of this state unless it is equipped with a windshield of sufficient dimensions to protect the driver and occupants from insects, other airborne objects, and highway surface water and debris, when the motor vehicle is moving forward. Sec. 709. (1) A person shall not operate a motor vehicle with any of the following: (c) An object that obstructs the vision of the driver of the vehicle, except as authorized by law. (2) A person shall not drive a motor vehicle if driver visibility through the rear window is obstructed, unless the vehicle is equipped with 2 rearview mirrors, 1 on each side, adjusted so that the operator has a clear view of the highway behind the vehicle. These laws are designed to prevent car, truck, and bus accidents on Michigan’s roads. It ensures that all drivers are able to see clearly. Goodwin & Scieszka would like to remind all drivers:
- To heat your car before you hit the road
- To clear your license plate of any and all debris
- To make sure that you have enough windshield wiper fluid
Although simple, these steps significantly reduce your chances of being injured in an accident while driving. Our firm has been handling Michigan car crashes for over 30 years. We’ve seen the worst of the worst in terms of negligent driving. If you’ve been injured by someone while driving your car, then contact our firm and get the recovery that deserve. Our firm is located in Southfield, Michigan. We service Detroit and all of the Metro Detroit areas. We’re here for you when you need us most. Once again, Michiganders, stay warm and stay safe…