Snow on cars--A rant

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by woodmort, Feb 1, 2011.

  1. woodmort

    woodmort Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 6, 2010
    Oxford NY
    What is it with people? Are they lazy, stupid or just so inconsiderate that they can't take the time to brush or broom the snow off the tops of their vehicles? Cripe, some of them are so lazy that they just make a little hole in the windshield to peep through--forget about cleaning the side and back windows. I know of at least one accident this winter where a gal swerved to miss a big chunk of snow coming off the car ahead and went head-on into an oncoming car. Luckily all survived. Another friend had the windshield of her car smashed when a hunk of frozen sleet blew off a van in front of her on the Interstate. In both cases the driver who caused the problem was unaware of it and drove on--no problem for them. Now in NYS it isn't against the law to drive a moving pile of snow--NJ and CT will fine you--but it seems to me that it should just be common sense or courtesy to clean off one's car before driving it. If you're to short to reach the top, carry a step-stool or get a smaller car. I have a feeling that the next couple of days are going to be bad too because the prediction is for sleet and freezing rain meaning it is going to require work to clean off cars and most idiots won't bother to do it.
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Yeah, I never drive with snow on the car... since if there is even a scant dusting of snow, my car can't move. LOL

    But seriously, driving around with 1/2 inch of snow isn't that big of a deal, but when your car looks like the Pontiac Aztec, just brush it off please.
  3. aubreynoramarie

    aubreynoramarie designated lawn flamingo

    May 27, 2010
    Reno, Nevada
    I agree and prefer to dust my car off just so snow doesn't get all over me when I et in and out and so I can see 360 degrees in my vehicle, but it should also be common practice to be far enough behind the car ahead of you that you would have time to not get your windsheild broken by a heavy peice of ice, just like if you were behind a truck or trailer hauling junk
    Last edited: Feb 1, 2011
  4. acid_chipmunk

    acid_chipmunk Polish Silkies d'Uccles O my!

    Mar 29, 2010
    If you get caught driving like that here in PA, it is an unsecured load violation and some hefty fines.
  5. mississippifarmboy

    mississippifarmboy collects slightly damaged strays

    Quote:If you get caught driving like that in Mississippi you are obviously from somewhere else. [​IMG]

    But if we got snow like ya'll do, it looks like only common sense to sweep the snow and ice off your car before driving it. I'd be scared someone would get killed and it would be my fault.
  6. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    MFB, unless it was during the great Mississippi blizzard of '11.[​IMG] Woodmort, they are all of those things plus any other level of inconsideration that can be achieved. Here in NJ they are fining those who do not clean off their vehicles. It's about time.[​IMG]
  7. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    I agree! We almost got in a bad accident on the turnpike cause some moron didnt clean the show/ice off of their roof. A huge chunk of ice slid off their car(going 60 miles an hour).. and almost nailed our windshield...
    Idiots... almost caused a nasty pile up and could have killed someone. [​IMG]
  8. Welsummer Rancher

    Welsummer Rancher Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 2, 2011
    Longview, Texas
    I clean off our vehicles , but common sense would dictate that if you see a car ahead of you with a load of snow or ice on top then YOU need to extend the distance between your vehicles. You shouldn't be following that close anyway. could approach them and tell them what idiots they are, but be prepared for your nose to hate you.
  9. Mac in Wisco

    Mac in Wisco Antagonist

    May 25, 2007
    SW Wisconsin
    Quote:That's exactly what I was thinking. I tend to stay back further than most people even on a nice day.

    I've seen plenty of ice and chunks of snow coming off of vehicles in front of me, but I can't say I've ever been close enough to actually worry about it.
  10. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    Quote:We wernt following close...
    Is that what you were trying to imply? You are wrong, if so.
    If you are on a state turnpike going 60 miles per hour....
    yeah... how far back would you expect me to be? And still keep up with the flow of traffic safely...? Its also the LAW to keep up with the flow of traffic..
    Sure, i could drive 30 in a 60.... i think i'd get rear-ended or fined though.... [​IMG]
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