Frosted by This Morning's Drivers
Here's a winter's tale.
Dear Dr. Gridlock: This morning it took a half hour to get the ice off my Toyota Prius. I chiseled the ice off all the windows, then dutifully cleared the entire vehicle of the inch-thick sheet of ice and snow that covered it. I am 5'2", so clearing the roof of even my relatively small car is a challenge. But I did it because I didn't want to endanger people with ice flying off my car in traffic.
And now I am frosted -- because I am apparently the only outdoor-parking car owner in the greater Washington area who did.
The flying icebergs sailing off SUVs and minivans were a constant and frightening hazard on today's commute from Gaithersburg to the Watergate. At one point on I-270, my car was struck in the driver's side windshield by a huge ice slab, courtesy of a Chevrolet behemoth that was passing me. I controlled my impulse to swerve because there was nowhere safe to swerve to, and was lucky my windshield didn't shatter.
Please remind your readers to clean their entire cars when we have snow and, especially, thick ice like this. I have never been so struck (literally) by the number of thoughtless drivers out there.
This isn't fair, and it's dangerous. Yes, it's cold and damp out, but drivers should give themselves more time on icy morning's like these -- which aren't surprises -- to do more than clear off a view port on the front windshield.
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