Pennsylvania has joined several other states in requiring headlight use when windshield wipers are on. The law says you must have your headlights on when your wipers are on either in continuous or intermittent mode due to rain, snow, sleet or mist.
The other states which have already passed a similar law include California, New York, Florida, Maryland and West Virginia. This seems like a trend, though, so those of you living elsewhere may want to start following the practice now in anticipation of a similar law being passed in your state.
For once, this is a new law that makes sense. Headlights make cars so much more visible, the thinking, I’m sure, behind those always�on running lights offered on many cars.
Fines will be issued for those not complying with the new law in Pennsylvania.
One startling bit of news: the AAA reports that “safety experts estimate that 20 percent of all crashes are caused at least in part by impaired vision from dirty or damp windshields. About half of all windshield wiper blades on the road are beyond their functional lifespan.”
You should replace your blades at least once a year, according to AAA, or when they cause streaking on your windshield or appear to be cracked. Drive safe out there.
By Teresa K. Flatley