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Do you have to clear the snow from your vehicle before driving in Michigan?

Vehicles should be cleared before driving

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DETROIT – Braving the cold to clear everything off your vehicle in the winter can be a pain, but if you don't get all of the snow off, you're breaking the law.

According to Michigan law, a driver's vision cannot be impaired by an object, including snow and ice, that obstructs sight and a vehicle's rear window cannot be obstructed unless there are two mirrors that allow the driver to see the road behind the vehicle.

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As for the rest of the vehicle, Michigan law states, "A person shall not deposit, or cause to be deposited, snow, ice, or slush onto or across a roadway or the shoulder of the roadway in a manner which obstructs the safety vision of the driver of a motor vehicle," and, "A person shall not deposit, or cause to be deposited, snow, ice or slush on any roadway or highway."

In other words, if a vehicle is not cleared completely and snow or ice flies off while driving, it is illegal.

Additionally, a vehicle's exterior lights should be cleaned off so the lights are the color and brightness required by law.


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