PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – State police are reminding drivers to clear off the roofs of their vehicles.

Too much snow on cars can be a hazard and illegal.

“That thing comes off like a sheet, that thing can get the guy behind you across his whole entire windshield – black his vision out completely which could cause an accident and that’s the biggest thing,” Jim Clair, a driving instructor, said. “You could have a one, two, three, four car pile-up because someone’s swerving trying to miss that snow coming at them.”

Most drivers don’t realize the risk and that having the snow on your car is against the law.

“I was hoping to wait for it to melt,” Dan Smith, of Cranberry, said. The roof of his vehicle was covered in snow.

KDKA Investigator Marty Griffin reports police and driving instructors say it’s about protecting yourself and the drivers around you.

“[The snow] may not come through your windshield, but it’s enough to distract you from what you’re doing,” Clair said. “It could actually cause you to have an accident.”

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