Old man winter is back in Michigan and so far there haven't been any major snow storms that have left behind accumulations of snow for Michigan drivers to have to deal with.

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But sooner or later Michigan will get some significant snow making it more dangerous for everyone on the Michigan roads and interstate.

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Do You Have To Remove Snow From Your Vehicle In Michigan?

In Michigan, it is a legal requirement to remove snow and ice from your vehicle before driving.

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Michigan law, specifically MCL 257.709 of the Michigan Vehicle Code, prohibits drivers from operating their vehicles when there is snow, ice, or any other material that may reduce visibility on the vehicle.

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What Spots On Your Car Have To Be Clear From Snow?

You need to make sure you can clear snow from the windshield, back window, roof, hood, and any other part of the vehicle that could obstruct the driver's vision or pose a hazard to others on the road.

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How Much Can You Be Fined For Not Removing Snow From Your Car In Michigan?

Failure to comply with these laws can result in fines of up to $100 per offense.

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I know getting up at the butt crack of dawn is a pain in the butt. You're tired and trying not to freeze to death removing all the snow and ice from your car, but it's something we all need to do.

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I've had several incidents on the highway where a vehicle in front of me had a chunk of ice break off of the roof and fly back and smash into my car windshield causing me to not be able to see for several seconds which is all it takes to cause a serious accident.

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Let's all take a couple of extra minutes and clear are cars off so we don't get fined and make sure our roads are as safe as they can be.

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