There are worse things than waking up on a frigid morning, only to find your car covered in ice and snow that you must then spend multiple minutes scraping and brushing before going to work.
Getting a ticket, crashing your car or killing someone with a chunk of ice through their windshield are some of those things.
People in the GTA are calling out those who hit the roads without stopping to scrape after a particularly shocking video of someone hand-scraping her own windshield while driving down the 401 went viral.
"It's unacceptable and unbelievable someone would put themselves in that kind of jeopardy," said OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt on Thursday in response to the clip, which was uploaded to Facebook by Gavin Gerbz.
"This is a very simple task to reach up on the roof and brush that snow off," said Schmidt. "That snow could easily freeze to a single sheet of ice and if that was to happen again, it could easily fly off behind the vehicle and smash into a vehicle."
Hundreds of thousands of people who've been commenting on different versions of that video seem to agree — some of them now following in Gerbz' footsteps by shooting photos or videos of similar situations and posting them online.
Equally unacceptable (if not worse) when truck drivers do this. It was minus hell on Monday and therefore anything falling off this roof would been asteroid like. #Toronto #clearyourice pic.twitter.com/1voVnICdZt— Commuters United (@commutersunited) January 25, 2019
"Got a video of a truck traveling on Highway 50 with an iceberg on top that is enough to kill somebody if it falls off," wrote local driver Allan Lee in an email to blogTO after seeing the video shot by Gerbz. "Northbound Highway 50, just north of Rutherford road."
The snowier the Ontario city, the worse the problem seems to be.
This apparently needs to be said, CLEAR THE SNOW OFF THE ROOF OF YOUR CAR. Road conditions are dangerous enough, motorists don't need the added stress of dodging the snow shooting off your car and onto their windshields. I've seen at least a dozen cars with roof snow. #CJAD800 pic.twitter.com/RoMTI2vEbf— Saif Kaisar (@StaySaif) January 24, 2019
And even if you're not technically "Bird-Boxing," you still legally need to be able to see through your back window.
Really dude? It takes 2 seconds to clear the back of your car. pic.twitter.com/jnQUvJsgfP— Neil Winegarden (@TorontoGenomics) January 20, 2019
Locals are tired of being put in dangerous situations despite taking the time to clear their own cars every morning.
Holy moly CLEAR OFF THE BACK OF YOUR CAR!!!! Not only is it dangerous for the driver, it’s dangerous for other drivers as all the snow blows back and into our windshields! Winter driving is hard enough. Don’t make it worse. Respect yourself & respect other drivers! 😡😡😡— Emily (@EmilyRhiannon55) January 19, 2019
It's not just illegal, after all — it can seriously hurt people.
So get to scraping, lest you land yourself a $110 ticket, criminal charges or a spot on the front page of Reddit.
by Lauren O'Neil via blogTO