In the state of New Jersey, it is the law to remove all ice and snow on your vehicle before driving. Failure to remove ice or snow from the windows, roof, and hood can result in a fine of $25-$75 for each offense, regardless if the snow and ice was dislodged from the vehicle. If flying snow or ice causes property damage or an injury, motorists can face fines of $200-$1,000. There are approximately 500 fatalities in the United States each year due to icy road conditions.
Winter Driving Tips
- Drive slow and adjust your speed to the changing road conditions.
- Turn on your headlights and use low beams when traveling through the snow.
- Increase your traveling distance in case of ice. You should be traveling 10 seconds behind the car in front of you.
- Give snow plows plenty of room to work. Don’t tailgate them and do not try to pass. If you do pass, be extremely cautious as the operator’s field of vision is restricted.
- If you happen to skid, don’t break or accelerate. Remove your foot from the gas and gently steer your vehicle in the direction of the skid.
- Slow down before exiting the highway. Ramps are more likely to have icy patches.
- Have a personal safety kit in your vehicle that includes: an ice scraper, jumper cables or battery starter, blanket, sand or salt, lock deicer, flashlight and new batteries, and safety flares/ warning devices.
- If your vehicle becomes disabled, pull off the road as far as possible and turn on your emergency flashers. Remain with your vehicle until help arrives. If you can’t get your vehicle off the road, do not stand next to it or behind it. Proceed to a safe area away from traffic.
Taking the time to make sure your vehicle is prepared for a safe journey can prevent any accidents or fatalities along the way. It is also important to be cautious of other vehicles, especially during the winter months. Safe travels this winter!