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Old 01-12-2011, 09:49 AM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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The roads are clearing up a bit, and more and more people are heading out on them. The biggest hazard I've noticed is huge sheets of ice flying off the tops of cars and SUV's as they travel down the road at 65mph.

Please clean off your vehicles completely, as the ice you do not get off of your car before you leave, will fly off of it as you drive down the freeway, endangering those behind you.

Thank you.

If you have a tall SUV, open the doors, stand up on the tires and use a broom to knock of the snow and ice on the roof.

This has been your Public Service Announcement from Art123.

Last edited by Art123; 01-12-2011 at 10:05 AM..
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Old 01-12-2011, 10:21 AM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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OMG - I lived briefly in Kansas City, MO back in the day, and had to dodge huge chunks flying off the roofs of cars on I-635 while driving to work in the mornings!
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Old 01-12-2011, 11:31 AM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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I just got done driving on the roads for about an hour or so and I saw this happening a lot. Huge chunks of ice filled snow coming off vehicles and flying through the air. Looked like they could almost break a windshield. Oh and as I was driving back into my neighborhood the guy pulling in right behind me spun out and his truck ended up in somebody's yard. Pretty amazing seeing how I didn't have any problems driving through it at all.
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Old 01-12-2011, 11:57 AM
 
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I've had this happened in Vermont, Lake Tahoe and Seattle while driving after heavy snowstorms. Not just a southern thing sadly. The main thing to be on the lookout for is 18 wheel tractor trailers.....they cannot reach the roof to clean it off......don't follow them.
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Old 01-12-2011, 12:38 PM
 
Location: home state of Myrtle Beach!
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Well sometimes there just isn't time or the person isn't able to do that. I drove in Chicago for almost 30 years and you always have to deal with this in the winter there. It is a hazard but that is why you should be driving slowly too.
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Old 01-12-2011, 12:46 PM
 
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........and keeping your distance............
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Old 01-13-2011, 05:48 AM
 
Location: Greer, SC
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And . . . do I dare add . . . clean off your whole windshield?????

Seriously, on the way to work yesterday, I saw a guy with less than 1/4 of his windshield cleared. Ugh. Even if you don't place much value on your own life, be considerate of those around you!
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Old 01-13-2011, 06:15 AM
 
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It's kind of cool to watch chunks fly off a vehicle ahead and explode when they hit the road. I like to sit back and watch the show. Nevertheless, your admonition is appropriate.
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