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Brush The Snow Off Your Truck


By Phil De Land

By now most driving laws are common sense.

Don't speed, don't run red lights, don't drink and drive.

And while all these laws are broken on a daily basis either by not paying attention or not enough care for the persons own well being, one that still baffles to this day is the amount of snow people leave on their cars.

Yes, it is illegal to drive with a dangerous amount of snow on your vehicle or trailer according to Bill 183.

In fact, anybody that breaks this law can be slapped with a fine of up to $500 or up to $1000 for commercial vehicles.

Sometimes people are just lazy and think "well I can see so off I go" when in fact all that snow you left on the roof of your little sedan is going to fly off and either blind the person behind you or cause far greater damage if it comes off in one sheet.

If you drive a truck or an SUV and your excuse is "oh I can't reach the roof" guess what? Either get a step stool or don't drive the truck, it's that simple.

If you want to drive it, it's your responsibility to make sure it's safe at all times.

I can only chalk this type of neglect up to people being lazy or just in a hurry.

It's incredible how many things can be said here and about this driving law that also pertain to various others.

Maybe it's time to amend Bill 183 further and start hitting people with harder fines and maybe adding some demerit points for this sort of safety hazard.

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