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AAA Reminding Westchester Motorists To 'Clear Snow Before You Go'

Danny Catalano clears off his car before driving.
Danny Catalano clears off his car before driving. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- AAA Northeast is reminding residents of Westchester County to properly clean and clear snow from their cars before traveling.

Anyone who drives I-95 or I-84 during snowy weather has probably observed -- and experienced -- what has been described by a former lawmaker as a “slow-motion nightmare” -- snow or ice flying off the top of the vehicle in front of you while you’re trying to navigate slippery, snowy roads.

“Leaving snow or ice on top of your car while you’re driving 60 mph, becomes a safety hazard to other drivers,”  AAA Northeast spokesman Fran Mayko said in a statement. “It’s also downright rude without taking into consideration how your actions could affect others.”

Connecticut recently instituted a “Clear Your Car” law that went into effect in 2013 when former State Rep. Larry Cafero of Norwalk pushed for legislation after his wife was a ‘victim’ of flying snow.

“It takes 10 minutes of your time to practice good driver etiquette in your driveway,” Mayko said.

Mayko also suggests using a scraper/brush with a telescoping handle to reach across the hood, trunk or roof of the car.

For vehicles that are larger in size or higher, use a push broom to remove the snow.

If that doesn’t work, there are long rakes available that are used by truckers to remove snow from the top of rigs.

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