Some drivers didn’t clear off their vehicles after an overnight snowfall Wednesday (Jan. 15). (Photo: Lauren Collins)

OUR VIEW: Don’t be a dope, sweep that slope

It’s a shame how you can always count on some people to descend to the occasion.

In our last editorial, we took umbrage with motorists who insist on speeding and tailgating on Surrey’s untypically icy roads. Be wise owls, not dodos, we argued.

This was earlier this week, when we had slippery streets and some snow.

At press time Wednesday, we had a lot more snow than before, which made the lazy and careless among us look like they were driving not vehicles but abominable wheeled igloos during the morning commute.

It’s undeniably important for the safety of everyone concerned that motorists take time to sweep the snow off of the roof of their vehicle before they venture out. Don’t leave it to gusts from driving to blow it off, and into the windshield of the driver behind you.

And don’t leave heaps of snow on your own hood, either. Snow blindness is always bad, but the type you experience when that snow blows back at your own windshield is especially so.

Remember, we have rear-view mirrors and do shoulder checks for good reason. Neither are much use, though, when your rear windshield is covered with snow. Nor are brake lights much good when drivers behind you can’t see them because they’re caked in the white stuff. Jeepers, people. Use your common sense.

Step up, and get responsible.

We complain that the City of Surrey has not plowed all the snow off our streets and sidewalks, as it continues to fall, yet some among us fail to take responsibility for performing even the most basic of safety precautions before we head out on those very streets.

Heaven help us when the ‘big one’ hits.


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