It is dangerous, and let's be honest a little rude. But is it illegal in New York to not clean off your vehicle after a winter storm?

Is It Illegal To Leave Snow On Your Car?

I know your first reaction: it should be! We have all been there. After a winter storm, you are driving on 87 behind someone who did not clean the snow and ice off their ride and a huge chunk blows off and slams into your windshield. It's dangerous and scares the heck out of ya, right? But is leaving that snow or ice on your vehicle when you hit the road illegal in the state of New York?

Snow Left On Vehicles Is Annoying But Not Against The Law

At this point, it is not illegal. While many other states have enacted laws for this and drivers can get fines and citations for not cleaning their vehicles, New York is not there yet. According to, legislation has been in the works for such a law. If you visit the New York Senate website, not much has happened recently with this becoming law.

Regardless of it being illegal or not, cleaning all the snow and ice off your car is just common courtesy to other drivers out there. So don't be rude, git 'er done!

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