Tips To Avoid Tickets This Winter
Police can give tickets to those who do not fully defrost and wipe snow off their cars.
It's now getting cold enough in some areas where there's frost on your car in the morning, or if you live in the mountains, you may wake up with some snow on your car.
But did you know if you don't take the time to remove all the frost from the windows and snow from your car before driving it's not only dangerous, but police can give you a ticket.
"It can cause a pretty dangerous situation for people following you as the snow and the ice starts to fall off and it can cause issues with following traffic," says NHP Trooper Dan Gordon.
Officials advise that you don't leave your car alone running outside warming up because it could get stolen. They also recommend that you check your windshield wiper fluid to make sure you have the correct formula before need to use it.
"There is a summer formula and a winter formula that has anti-freeze so when you do spray it it does not just create a sheet of ice on your windshield," says Trooper Gordon.
If you don't have an ice scraper you can still use a credit card.
NHP says before you head out for a road trip, make sure your tires are properly inflated and they have tread on them. Make sure you have a full tank of gas and be sure to pack snacks and water.
If you don't have snow tires, pack chains and be sure not to drive too fast on slick roads. "Chains or snow tires required and if you don't and you get in crash or get stuck you will get a citation because those requirements were not met," warns Gordon.
They also recommend that you tell someone where you are headed, when you plan on getting there and what route you plan to take. That way if something happens to you, it will be easier to find you.