Michigan Snow Removal Laws

Don't Get Stuck Paying Big Bucks

When you're in a hurry and your car is blanketed with snow and ice, you may be tempted to hit the road without completely clearing off your car. Not only is this dangerous, in Michigan, it is also illegal.

Every year, car accidents are caused by mounds of snow blowing off cars and trucks in chunks, blinding other drivers or causing them to swerve off the road. Flying ice has also been known to severely damage car windshields.

Many states have snow-removing laws. In Michigan, you could be pulled over and fined up to $1,000. The law requires you to remove all snow and ice off nearly every part of your car -- including your windshield, side view mirrors, headlights, tail lights, your hood, trunk, and all of your side windows. Your license plate must be clearly visible, as well.

Michigan Vehicle Code Section 257.677a:

  • A person shall not remove, or cause to be removed, snow, ice, or slush onto or across a roadway or the shoulder of the roadway in a manner which obstructs the safety vision of the driver of a motor vehicle other than off-road vehicles.
  • A person shall not deposit, or cause to be deposited, snow, ice, or slush onto or across a roadway or the shoulder of the roadway in a manner which obstructs the safety vision of the driver of a motor vehicle.
  • A person shall not deposit, or cause to be deposited, snow, ice or slush on any roadway or highway.

For your safety and that of others on the road, please make sure that snow and ice are completely removed from your car or truck, even if you're in a hurry.