Advanced search

To think that if you don't clear the snow off your car properly you are a total Muppet?

(101 Posts)
fortyplus Wed 23-Jan-13 00:12:08

Actually I know I'm not - and here's an article to prove it

If you just clear your windscreen then your headlights and indicators are useless and the snow from your roof blows off onto following vehicles.

Where I live about 1 in 5 cars was driving round like this. Some drivers hadn't even cleared the windscreen or side windows of ice. It's unbelievable.

Oh yeah - and there was a thread on this last year and the inconsiderate wankers drivers who can't be bothered to clear their cars properly came up with all sorts of self righteous bollox about how they haven't got time to do it and it's not affecting other people etc.

So.. do you clear your vehicle properly of snow or do you think you're somehow exempt from following simple common-sense measures to help yourself and others drive safely?

Utterlylostandneedtogo Wed 23-Jan-13 00:13:38

I clear as much snow off as I can reach. Usually a block is left in the middle of the roof. Is that ok?

fortyplus Wed 23-Jan-13 00:17:35

Yep - I'll give you that one - it's the people who can't see out properly and where the whole front of the car is covered in a thick layer of snow that I have a problem with!

IamtheZombie Wed 23-Jan-13 00:17:37

Apparently they had to close the Aston Expressway in Brum this morning. They originally thought the conditions were so treacherous because of something they called "flash freezing".

After further investigation, it was caused by snow falling off of cars that hadn't been cleaned off. This snow hit the road surface and immediately froze.


Lovecat Wed 23-Jan-13 00:18:48

YANBU. I used to use a broom and then this year got myself a snow brush - nice long handle and brush but small enough to keep in the car - has been much used in the last week for our cars and for others too. I hate it when I'm driving behind some wally with 6 inches of snow on his /her roof, praying it won't slide off and blow onto my windscreen.

fortyplus Wed 23-Jan-13 00:21:28

What amazes me is the extent of the problem - seriously - how can a fifth of the drivers where I live be such total twats? Should I move?!

Fianccetto Wed 23-Jan-13 00:24:10

YANBU, we use a broom too, and we clear our drive and the footpath in front of the house, salt it all when we can.

WelshMaenad Wed 23-Jan-13 06:10:29

Yanbu, I was behind someone on the dual carriageway on Monday with a shelf of snow on their roof, of which a massive chunk flew off and hit my windscreen and frightened the fucking life out of me.

Muppets, all of them. Use a broom - it's not taxing!

CarpeJugulum Wed 23-Jan-13 06:19:39

Excuse me. I'd like to stand up on behalf of muppets everywhere.

They are good and courteous drivers - especially Fozzie Bear.

The people you describe are actually wankers...

Jengnr Wed 23-Jan-13 06:22:55

Windows, lights, that's it.

It'll melt off the roof and bonnet ffs.

HecateWhoopass Wed 23-Jan-13 06:26:36

I know. I see it every year. People who look like they're driving a bloody igloo hmm

Any snow left piled on your car has the potential to fall down and block your windscreen - leading to you crashing into another car, knocking over a pedestrian or cyclist or driving into a wall.

Any snow left piled on your car has the potential to go flying off your car and hitting someone - and it could really hurt them! Or causing damage or an accident by being flung onto another car.

How can people not understand that? It doesn't just disappear. hmm

redlac Wed 23-Jan-13 06:27:43

How hot do you have your car Jengnr that it can melt snow off the roof? It is more likely to come flying off into the path of the vehicle behind you

BlackholesAndRevelations Wed 23-Jan-13 06:34:16

YANBU at all; this has really bugged me too.

BeckAndCall Wed 23-Jan-13 06:36:11

Totally agree. Yesterday here cars were driving with a tiny gap cleared on the front and back windscreen and no more. The snow fell on Friday here! How much time do you need to clear the snow and drive carefully!

LtEveDallas Wed 23-Jan-13 06:38:35

It's not just in your area OP, I'd say easily half of the cars that passed by me on Monday were still snow covered. Wankers not thinking ahead. How hard is it to use a broom (or mop) FGS - doesn't every house have at least one?

Look at this FOOL

Montybojangles Wed 23-Jan-13 06:40:51

YANBU, but..
Cleared all windows, lights, sides of my vehicle, but driving our van right now as safer than my dinky death trap car, so can't reach the roof fully, sorry.

Montybojangles Wed 23-Jan-13 06:42:19

No broom or mop in my house Dallas I'm afraid.

MrsBW Wed 23-Jan-13 06:43:09

If you leave snow on your car, and it flies off, hits another car and causes and accident, you can be arrested for driving without due care and attention or similar.

The number of cars being driven that still have significant amounts of snow on them is ridiculous and drivers who can't be bothered to clear as much as possible off are simply lazy.

And no - it doesn't just 'melt' off the roof hmm

YorkshireDeb Wed 23-Jan-13 06:43:47

Ha ha Carpejugulum! I hear animal's a bit of a twat though. X

YorkshireDeb Wed 23-Jan-13 06:45:30

Montybojangles, driving RIGHT NOW? That really is dangerous. Pull over before you post in future! Ha ha! X

Glittertwins Wed 23-Jan-13 06:46:16

On the first day of snow, I saw a neighbour drive off with snow covering all except the windscreen. I have no idea how he could do this.
I use a broom to sweep it off the car and the DTs like clearing it off the bits they can reach.

Molepom Wed 23-Jan-13 08:18:04


It's stupid, lazy and selfish to leave snow on your car and drive around with it still on.

If you cant reach, then use a broom or something. You are a hazzard not just to yourself but others as well.

Yesterday I saw a bloke in a merc, driving down a main road, his car was completely covered and only cleared his front windscreen. It's dangerous.

Molepom Wed 23-Jan-13 08:22:02

and you can clear it off the roofs of vans, you stand on something and use a broom. It's not difficult. Transit vans can be cleared of snow if you just use some common sense and a bit of effort.

It's takes a few minutes to clear your car.

stargirl1701 Wed 23-Jan-13 08:22:11


Binkyridesagain Wed 23-Jan-13 08:22:46

I believe you face the risk of a £60 fine if you don't clear the snow off your car roof

Join the discussion

Join the discussion

Registering is free, easy, and means you can join in the discussion, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Register now