Is Winter Courtesy So Hard?
Looks like we're in for nasty weather. It's not a major storm, but some of you may see an inch of snow on Tuesday. (See Capital Weather Gang.)
I've received several letters since last week's snow and ice storm noting a widespread inability to remove percipitation from anything other than the front windshield.
Here's a perfect example of the dangers, along with the illustration the letter writer submitted.
Dear Dr. Gridlock:
My husband, father-in-law and twin 3-year-olds were driving south on Interstate 95 on their way home after spending a nice morning at the Baltimore B&O Railroad Museum, when a large chunk of ice-packed snow blew off of a minivan roof from the next lane over.
My husband knew he couldn't swerve right or left for fear of hitting another car, and so slowed down, in the hopes that the ice would land in front of our car, or perhaps just on the front hood. It didn't. It hit with full force on the windshield.
Everyone is okay. Thankfully. But my family's lives were put in jeopardy by someone who didn't take the time to clean off their car properly. Someone being lazy.
It snowed on Tuesday and Wednesday last week. This happened on Saturday, around 1 p.m. Plenty of time for someone to finish the job of clearing the snow from their car.
I am proud of my husband's quick reflexes and his ability to get to the side of the road without any further incident. I am mortified that the driver of the minivan didn't even slow down. I can only hope he didn't notice the huge scraping sound as the ice came off his roof. I am eternally grateful for the invention of safety glass.
This is a dangerous and potentially deadly situation that is easily solved by being mindful of others on the road, and taking just a few extra minutes of time.
We gripe when the government can't get the snow and ice off the roadways. Why is it so hard for us to do our share and clear off our vehicles?
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