It amazes me that at this point in my career, I feel like I have to constantly remind people to clean off their vehicles before heading out on the road.

Following any type of snowstorm, no matter the quantity of snow, it is illegal to depart from your parking spot without cleaning off your vehicle. I mean, it's common sense people, get with the times.

I apologize for sounding like a grump, but I've seen it all too often on the highways, where someone is going to get seriously hurt – if not worse – because an SUV owner failed to brush off the top of the vehicle. The next thing you know, it comes sliding off and blinding the car behind it while traveling at speeds upwards of 65 miles per hour.

Yes, it's understandable if you can't reach the top of your car, but that's why they make step stools and extendable snow brushes. To help me explain the situation a bit further with some humor, here is the Mansfield Police Department video from last year that will always remain a gem in my book:

Of course, you don't have to go to extremes, but you do owe it to yourself and others as a law-abiding citizen to protect your surroundings while driving, so cleaning the snow off of your car or truck goes a long way. Hey, if you want to pay for the ticket, that's your prerogative, but also remember that you're not the only person on the road.


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