By Jon Keller

BOSTON (CBS) – Call me naïve, but when I headed out to run my errands Sunday at about 11 a.m., I was sure I would have a hard time spotting people who hadn’t bothered to clear the six inches or so of snow we got where I live off their car windows and roofs.

After all, the storm had ended more than 12 hours earlier.

And this snow was as light and fluffy as it gets – you could turn up the volume on WBZ on your car radio and it would blow most of it off.

For those new to winter driving, let me recap why this matters.

If you do not take the few minutes necessary to fully clear the snow off your car, you leave yourself with impaired visibility and raise the prospect of the snow and ice hurtling off your vehicle onto someone else’s windshield, putting them at serious risk. If you’ve ever been on the road when a negligent idiot’s load comes crashing down on you, you know this is no joke.

But during no more than 20 minutes on the road I would say at least one in three drivers I saw hadn’t bothered to take this simple safety precaution.

Most appeared to have flipped on their wipers for a few seconds and left it at that. And one utter imbecile I saw was pulling off the dangerous driving daily double – cruising along with almost no front or rear visibility while blathering on his cellphone.

These weren’t frail seniors; I slowed down to check out who was driving these motorized igloos.

And while most were in regular sedans where the snow can be easily reached, come on, SUV drivers – all you have to do is open the door, step up there and whisk the roof clean.

I know I’m a broken record on this insanity, but so are public safety experts and other sane drivers.

Is it really so hard to comprehend that you are not the only person on earth?

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Comments (4)
  1. I think it’s funny! We didn’t get our nick name for nuthing!

  2. Carolyn Russ says:

    My son was driving on I 91 after a storm and his car was hit by a load of ice from another vehicle. It had apparently turned to ice and broke his windshield, causing him to hit a jersey barrier at the side of the road. Luckily he was not hurt and no other cars were involved but the damage to his car was in the thousands (and missed final exam). VERY scary, could have been tragic.

  3. Simply called lazy and fine for one offense and second should be license suspension.

  4. Cindy Genest says:

    Pure laziness. I wonder what they think when they drive behind someone who also do not clean their car/suv. I followed 2 this morning, 1 day after the storm, and while driving down the highway, it’s almost like a snow squall. Very dangerous. My son saw someone’s car that only cleaned the windshield on the driver side only. OMG. In NH there is a law to those who fail to clean their car/suv/truck roofs. Apparently the state police and/or city/town police do not care. Think of all the revenue the state would get if they enforced the law. Sickening.

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