Clean the Snow Off Your Car!

Drivers who don't clean the snow off their car create hazardous conditions for the rest of us. Don't be a jerk! Follow Modern Manners Guy's advice.

Richie Frieman
3-minute read

As a manners guru, I choose my words carefully when pointing out how rude someone is being in. I try not to call anyone a jerk when they are being jerky, in hopes that they will see the light and change their ways.

However, when it comes to not cleaning off your car after it snows, then driving 75 mph on the highway with sheets of ice flying off your car and hitting others, guess what...you’re being a jerk! There is no other way to say it, no way to sugarcoat the fact that you're putting all the other drivers and passengers around you in extreme danger. Besides being rude and hazardous, in some states it's even against the law!

Earlier this month when my hometown just outside of Baltimore, Maryland was clobbered with a freak December snowstorm, I wrote about this issue on the Modern Manners Guy Facebook page. That post resulted in a ton of people responding and echoing my concern. I really tried to dig deep and find a good excuse other than pure laziness as to why people can’t clean off their cars, but I could not. Maybe people just don't know how to clean their cars of dangerous snow and ice?

If so, here's my method: I take a broom and push the snow off of my car. (Whoa!) The entire process takes a resounding 5 minutes. That’s right, folks, 5 looooong minutes. I know, I know, how do I do it?

Let's face it, when people drive in the snow, they turn into nervous wrecks. Now add to that having to dodge flying white powdery projectiles and what you get is a truly hazardous situation. The day of that weird snowstorm in Maryland I happened to be at a birthday party with my 5-year-old when the snow came down in buckets out of nowhere. One minute it’s a flurry, the next we’re covered. Crazy!    

As my car was warming up to leave, I brushed off all the snow as best I could. I drove home at 10 miles per hour because the snow was so heavy. During the drive, I saw many people who ignored the mounds of snow on their roofs, hoods, and bumpers, and only clearing their front and back windows. I can’t express to you how livid I felt, fearing sheets of snow flying my way and blinding me for even two seconds.  I saw this happen to some cars and it was terrifying.

By taking a few minutes to clean off your car, you're not only making the roads safer, you're also showing common courtesy for those around you. There really can’t be any argument to this issue.  However, if you still have an excuse on why you can’t remove the snow from your car, I’d love to hear it -- I could use a good laugh.

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