This is why you clear your car off from snow & ice: Flying ice struck an SUV in Riverview Tuesday. - Blog - K94.5
January 14, 2020 | by: Aaron Armstrong

This is why you clear your car off from snow & ice: Flying ice struck an SUV in Riverview Tuesday.

This is why it’s so important to clear the snow & ice build-up off your vehicle before driving.

An Upper Coverdale resident was driving eastbound in an SUV with a pet passenger Tuesday afternoon on Coverdale Road toward Riverview — when a chunk of ice flew off an oncoming SUV & smashed into the front of the victim’s SUV.

Chunks of flying ice destroyed the front headlight, deflector & windshield of this SUV. Shards of glass broke off from the windshield & entered the cab — the driver sustained minor cuts, while the pet passenger was unharmed.

The outcome could have been a lot worse.

The driver of the damaged SUV hadn’t realized until today just how important it is to clear the ice off your vehicle before traveling — and wishes to remind other drivers “Take the two extra minutes to clean your vehicle off.”

Here are some tips to help clear snow & ice off your car:

  • USE AN ICE SCRAPER/SNOW BRUSH
  • Use an extended arm foam brush to clear snow off with ease OR for those high, hard-to-reach areas
  • Turn the A/C on in your vehicle with the temperature setting on Hot, to defrost your windows inside faster (it uses dry air, evaporating moisture faster & longer)
  • If you have a jug of washer fluid or de-icer kicking around, pour some on the windshield to aid with scraping
  • Use a vinegar-water mixture if you don’t have de-icer (three-parts vinegar, one-part water mixture in a spray bottle)
  • REMEMBER YOUR LICENSE PLATE! It’s easy to forget, but illegal to drive with anything obstructing view of your rear license plate
  • If you have access to one, keep your vehicle in a garage on days/nights you know are going to snow
  • Use a snow blanket to keep your car free from ice & snow