I touched on this topic yesterday in my "5 Winter Weather Car Tips For The Jersey Shore", but it deserves more than just a passing entry on a list.

I openly admit that my obsession about cleaning all of the snow off of your car is bordering on me needing help.

And the first step is admitting that you have a problem, right?

But here's my problem - it continues to boggle my mind to this day that people don't bother to clear all of the snow off of their cars.

Every now and then you'll see a real idiot who thinks that it's good enough to just clear a little patch on the driver's side windshield to see out of, and I think that most of us can agree that doing that is just straight up inane.

But it's the rest of the car that can cause the most problems for other drivers.

Photo by Justin Louis
Photo by Justin Louis

Snow blowing from the roof of the car in front of you when you're going 70 on the Garden State Parkway (oops, sorry, 65. Because we all do the speed limit, right?) is irritating.

But a big chunk of heavy and/or frozen snow letting loose and barreling toward your car can be deadly.

I've brought this topic up before (I told you I'm obsessed), and there are always people who point out the difficulty in cleaning snow off of big SUVs, especially for shorter people.

And look, I get it. I'm not totally unsympathetic. But thankfully, we've moved so exponentially far in modern technology that the old ice scraper and broom combo is a thing of the past.

I have a curved snow brush that extends to 6 feet. I think it cost me about $14 at Costco.

As I said yesterday, I really do get it, I don't think that there's a single person on the face of the earth who enjoys brushing half a foot of snow off of a car (if there is, shoot me an email, you're more than welcome to come over and clear my car off!).

And not just that, there are plenty of laws like this that are loosely enforced. You're probably not going to get pulled over if you have some snow on the roof of your car. But if you can't be bothered and snow breaking free from your car causes a crash (or worse), it'll cost you around $1,000.

But more importantly, at least in my opinion, it's really just the considerate thing to do.

It's a pain in the butt. It's not fun. But do you like it when you're behind a car that's blowing snow at you? No? I bet other people don't like it coming from your car, either.

Driving these days is treacherous enough with situations that are totally out of our control, so why not do something that is within our control and make things just a little less treacherous for ourselves and those around us?

That's all that I can say about this for now, but if history is any indicator we'll come back to this next winter. Enjoy!


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