Worried that you'll get a ticket for driving around with snow on top of your car? Is that even a thing? Let's investigate.

Regardless of the legality, let's get one thing straight: It's dangerous to drive with snow and/or ice on your vehicle. The snow on your roof could detach and impair another driver's view, ice could do the same plus some serious damage, and ice on your windshield is obviously not a good thing while you're driving. So, is it illegal to operate your car without clearing off snow and ice?

You can face up to a $1,000 fine if you're caught not abiding by that state's snow removal laws:

  • Alaska
  • Conneticuit
  • Georgia
  • Massachussetts
  • Michigan
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Tennessee
  • Wisconsin

Notice that Idaho isn't on that list. After last year's record snow falls, and sources saying this winter may be more of the same, you should definitely make sure to clear off snow and ice from your vehicle before driving. While you technically won't get in trouble with the law for doing so, it's still the safe thing to do.