Winter means treacherous driving, and drivers need to pay extra attention when they get behind the wheel. Drivers in Connecticut have an even greater level of responsibility to those with whom we share the road: to reduce the number of personal injuries caused by winter accumulations, the state has required drivers to clear snow and ice from all parts of their vehicles after a snowstorm.
The law was passed several years ago because of accidents and near-misses caused by snow and ice blowing off cars. Though it’s common sense as well as common courtesy, it’s also more easily said than done. Here are some tips on how to do it without harming your car, or yourself.
- Assuming that you can open your car door, always begin by starting your car. The warmer your vehicle is, the more easily the snow and ice will be dislodged. Turn the defroster on to full blast and turn on your rear window defroster too. Make sure your doors are unlocked before you close the door again.
- Clear off the snow from the more accessible areas of the car first. Pay special attention to all windows, as well as the hood and trunk of the car.
- When it comes to clearing the roof, remember that it is easier to pull the snow down than to push it, even though that means that it is going to fall on you. The most effective tool for clearing snow from the roof is called a foam push broom. Its soft surface won’t scratch your car’s paint, and it has a long handle so that even short people are able to reach at least halfway across.
- Make sure your headlights and brake lights are clear of snow – and your license plate too.
Take care while doing this – the goal may be to avoid causing a personal injury to drivers around you, but you don’t want to slip and fall while you’re doing your civic duty! Wearing shoes or boots with good grips is always a good idea in icy conditions.
If you’ve been in an accident caused by another person’s failure to clear ice or snow off their vehicle, you may be entitled to damages. Call Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers to learn more about your rights.