It is the law in Pennsylvania to remove snow and ice from your vehicle before driving. The Pennsylvania Snow/Ice Removal Law was put into effect in 2006 after a woman died a year earlier. The woman died after ice fell off of a tractor trailer she was behind. The ice smashed through her vehicle.
Failure to remove snow and ice from your vehicle could result in fines. If ice or snow were to fall from your car and cause injury or death to someone, you could face fines ranging from $200.00-$1,000.00. If an accident occurred as a result of the fallen snow or ice, the victim could pursue a personal injury claim against the at fault driver.
It is also required in Pennsylvania to have your headlights on whenever your windshield wipers are in use. This is to help improve visibility during times when rain or snow is prevalent.
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To make sure your vehicle is ready for the winter, start with an inspection of your vehicle that includes checking the ignition, brakes, wiring, hoses and fan belts. Make sure your tires have enough air and the tread is in good shape. You should check that you have enough antifreeze and windshield wiper fluid in your reserve and that your windshield wipers are in good, working condition. Also, always keep a snow/ice scraper in your car at all times.
The snow can make the roadways dangerous. Remember to check the weather before heading out and give yourself plenty of time this winter.
NBC10 News, “Officials to Drivers: Clear Snow From Cars”