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Drive safe: Clear the snow off your car

Published on February 7, 2018

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Not enough time. Too cold. Not worthwhile. We come up with countless excuses not to clear the snow off our cars! But driving a car covered in snow is not only dangerous, it could prove quite costly and force you to make an auto insurance claim, too! The team at L’Unique General Insurance would like to explain.

  1. Reduced visibility: Increased risk of collision

    Fact: Windows and windshields that are not cleared of snow and ice reduce driver visibility and increase the risk of striking a pedestrian or another vehicle.

    For good visibility, you should:
    • Completely clear the windshield and all windows of snow and ice using a snow brush or scraper. To avoid damaging the glass, you should remove the ice clinging to your wipers before activating them
    • Remove the snow and ice from your vehicle’s front and back lights so other drivers can see you clearly and know what you intend to do next (e.g. left turn).
       
  2. The layer of snow or ice on your vehicle’s roof, hood or trunk could cause an accident

    When you accelerate, the snow or ice can break off your car and land on another vehicle behind you. This could cause an accident, significant damage, serious injuries or even death.

    Also bear in mind that if you brake suddenly, the snow or ice off your vehicle’s roof can slide down onto your windshield. In addition to completely obstructing your view, it can damage your wipers, which may not be powerful enough to remove that large quantity of snow or ice.
     
  3. The Highway Safety Code includes several fines for drivers who don’t completely clear the snow off their vehicles

    Driving with an obstructed windshield or windows could amount to a fine from $100 to $200.

    Driving in a vehicle covered in snow or ice? If they break off the vehicle, you may have to a pay a fine between $60 and $100.
     
  4. “Moving igloo” drivers also risk seeing an increase in their insurance premiums.

    Since the risk of accidents, damages and injury increases when driving a vehicle covered in snow or ice, the likelihood of making an insurance claim also increases!

Your insurance broker is there to help you prevent losses. Feel free to contact him or her!

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