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Old 12-21-2009, 10:21 AM
 
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It's Virginia State law. I just got back from a drive down 66 and predictably more than half of the SUVs, minivans, and work trucks had a foot and a half of snow stuck to their roofs. Also predictably, the snow was coming off in huge chunks as they got up to speed.

This is a serious safety issue - if you cannot clear the snow off your car, don't bother going out on the roads. And stay alert - the right lane on 66 occasionally just ended in a snow bank, and merge lanes were almost non existent.
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Old 12-21-2009, 10:36 AM
 
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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I love the counter-arguments of the SUV drivers I know. "But, I can't REACH the top of my car!" TOO BAD! If you're short, then either get a stepstool out, pay a taller neighbor $5 to clear off the top of your SUV, or buy a smaller vehicle. Simple as that. Back in PA I was nearly in an accident once when I had to swerve into another lane to avoid a huge chunk of ice/snow that was flying at my windshield as it blew off the Navigator in front of me.
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Old 12-21-2009, 10:46 AM
 
Location: Arlington, VA and Washington, DC
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I'm covered. My Accord has been in my garage all weekend and I swept the snow that did end up on the back off yesterday.
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Old 12-21-2009, 10:56 AM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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I agree this is dangerous. There's a big moving van that just came into my apt complex that has a big shelf of snow on its roof. I wouldn't want to be in it's way on the road!
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Old 12-21-2009, 11:15 AM
 
Location: DC
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I love the counter-arguments of the SUV drivers I know. "But, I can't REACH the top of my car!" TOO BAD!
My response: it's called a broom. They're long and sweep things, it's an amazing invention. There's even a hard handle or plastic part you can use to break up the icy parts. If it's really that frozen, then there's a good chance you can wedge something underneath and just pull/push it off in one piece. Seriously, I'm 5 feet tall and was always able to get the snow off the top of the car I was driving, even when it's my parents' SUV, so there's no excuse.

I remember a few years ago a huge sheet of icy snow flew off the minivan in front of me and came within inches of smacking my windshield head on. I was so mad I wanted to follow them and when they stopped advise that they clean off their car properly so they don't have to explain to their kids one day that they killed someone. At the least it would have blocked all my vision until I was able to stop and get out (it was too thick for wipers), so an accident would not be unlikely. At worst it probably heavy (and fast) enough to crack the windshield.
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Old 12-21-2009, 11:40 AM
 
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I hate that. It's dangerous laziness. It's very simple to use a broom to clear the top of the vehicle.
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Old 12-21-2009, 12:11 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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I agree, it's very hazardous! I was behind a large SUV yesterday while I was trying to get some groceries -- we weren't even going that fast but a huge chunk of snow & ice flew off his car and hit the front of my car.

He was oblivious. It's not that hard to reach the roof of your car, but people don't think about the safety of others sometimes.
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Old 12-21-2009, 01:05 PM
 
Location: Reston, VA
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Am I mistaken? Wasn't a new law recently passed about this very thing?
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Old 12-21-2009, 02:40 PM
 
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I was driving down Fairfax County Parkway this morning, and the cops were pulling people over that had a lot of snow on their cars. So they are out there enforcing this law.
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Old 12-21-2009, 03:01 PM
 
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I believe there was a fatality awhile back caused by this very thing. In Ohio they go thru the parking lots and ticket you. I guess they assume if you got the snow off the front to go shopping you intentional left it on the top, and you have to get home..so rather than stop people on a snowy street...kind of smart. Of course that doesn't mean people will brush the snow off, but it might make them think twice.
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