Does Your Car Need to Clear of Ice and Snow Before Driving in MA?

Does Your Car Need to Clear of Ice and Snow Before Driving in MA?

Preparing Your Vehicle for Winter Roads


It’s that time of year again. Although it’s one of the merriest seasons, snow and ice can cause havoc on the roads for motorists in MA. To help you keep yourself and your vehicle safe, make sure you understand what is required of you as a driver in winter.


According to the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles Driver’s Manual, Massachusetts drivers should “remove ice and snow from your vehicle before driving. Clear all windows, windshield, wipers, headlights, and brake lights. Clear the roof so ice and snow does not blow into vehicles behind you.†Not only does this help you to see what’s around you, but it helps to keep the roads and other motorists safe.


Although there is no official law in Massachusetts stating that you’re legally obliged to remove the snow from your vehicle before driving, it does make sense. However, just because it is not a state law doesn’t mean that the state and local police can’t hand out tickets and/or fines. If the police believe that your vehicle is a threat to other motorists or pedestrians, the general driving laws could mean that you end up with a fine or ticket.


The Massachusetts Turnpike Authority, the Massachusetts State Police, and local police departments are legally able to prohibit vehicles from using the roadway if debris (which can include snow, ice, and frost) could fall from the vehicle and endanger individuals and/or property. For your own safety – and wallet – all of the ice and snow should be removed from your vehicle before driving.


For updates on road and traffic conditions around Massachusetts, drivers can dial 511 to hear real-time conditions, visit Mass 511 online, or download MassDOT’s GoTime mobile app!


Now is a great time to review your auto insurance to ensure you have plenty of coverage on the roads. Winter driving conditions mean that accidents and breakdowns occur more frequently. It’s wise to maintain reliable auto insurance protection.


To get started on your tailored policy, contact the team at CAV Insurance Agency in Wellesley. We serve motorists from Arlington to Natick, Concord to Cambridge, and neighboring towns. Contact us today and let us put our decades of auto insurance expertise to work for you!