Dangers from not cleaning your car off after snow and ice

Tuesday morning was a morning of scraping and pulling ice off your car

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Krystal Wright scrapes ice from her car's windshield Friday, Nov. 27, 2015 in Wichita, Kan. The winter weather left a layer of ice on roads and cars early Friday morning after a heavy rain on Thanksgiving day that set a record with over 2 inches of rain. Brian Corn/The Wichita Eagle via AP)

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Its a huge hassle and its not something people enjoy doing during the cold morning hours, but its something that needs to be done, especially since its the law.

It might not have been a “rolling white out” like we see on snowy mornings, but instead some of us encountered flying chunks off of cars Tuesday morning.

Maddy Park of Springfield always takes the time to take the snow and ice off her car, “Its just best to pay attention as best as you can and hope for the best.”

Sometimes “hoping for the best” is not the way to go. When your out on the roads and leftover snow from your car flies off of your vehicle to you its not a problem, but to the person behind you it can be a major issue.

It can become more than just an issue. It can be a liability.

Tuesday’s mornings commute was not so much the snow but solid ice. A chuck of flying ice can easily smash a windshield as it flys directly off your car to the person behind you. There have been cases of ice smashing a windshield and unfortunately killing the individual behind the glass.

Chicopee Police Officer Mike Wilk told 22News, “No set statue for clearing snow from your vehicle however it can range anywhere from impeded operation which is 40 dollars or all the way up to operating negligently which is a criminal offense.”

Mornings are a rush for most people. Let your car warm up and that will allow for air to go under the ice. Making it easier to pull right up.

Knowing the forecast of when snow or ice is expected in the morning is important to know to help you plan out your morning routine leaving extra time to get this done.

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– Local Forecast – Severe WX Text Alerts
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