With the winds of winter rolling through Northeast Ohio and the morning snow covering our cars, the seasonal questions about what is asked of us have arrived!
We wanted to verify…
Is it legal to drive without clearing snow from the top of your car?
The state of Ohio says: "No person shall drive any motor vehicle, other than a bus, with any sign, poster, or other nontransparent material upon the front windshield, sidewings, side, or rear windows of such vehicle other than a certificate or other paper required to be displayed by law."
So the windows need to be cleaned, but what about that roof?
Ohio law says "No person shall drive or move, or cause or knowingly permit to be driven or moved, on any highway any vehicle or combination of vehicles which is in such unsafe condition as to endanger any person."
And if you knowingly drive a vehicle that could endanger others, you could be guilty of a minor misdemeanor.
So is it legal to drive without clearing snow from the top of your car?
Yes, its legal.
But but if your car becomes a risk to others, you could be on the line.
And that is verified.