Suffice to say, this Winter has had a pretty active weather pattern so far, which has made us have to do a lot of shoveling and brushing.

One thing I've noticed, though - a lot of people aren't completely removing the snow from their vehicles before venturing out.

Not only can it be dangerous (I had a huge chunk of snow come off of an SUV's roof in front of me the other day), but here in New Jersey, it's illegal to leave snow on your car.

While you may not necessarily get pulled over if you miss a patch of snow on your rear bumper, if that bit of snow flies off and causes an accident or damage to another car, it could cost you up to $1,000 more in fines.

I think it's fair to say that none of us enjoy having to brush snow off of our cars, especially when temperatures are well below freezing and there may be ice involved, but we have to keep in mind the fact that it's not only the considerate thing to do, but it's also the law.