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Winter Storm 2021: Clear snow from vehicle before driving

Posted at 5:35 PM, Feb 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-17 18:36:27-05

TULSA, Okla.  — It does seem simple enough after a snowstorm. Before you get behind the wheel, you brush all the snow off the windows. But what about all that ice and snow up on the hood, the car, and the trunk?

If you don't get rid of all that snow and ice before you hit the road, you could put drivers behind you in danger.

"I'm terrified. If I hadn't faced by fears this storm, I wouldn't be at work today," Karmen Campbell said.

We caught up to Campbell after she got off work. Campbell said she has to muster up a bit of courage every time she walks to her car and gets ready to drive off after a snowfall, whether it's taking a wintry drive at night or during the day.

"They definitely hit your windshield," she said.

Campbell worries about escaping flying sheets of snow and clumps of ice. She said it's happened to her more times than she wants to remember, swerving and braking and sometimes heading for the ditch.

"Having things fall out in front of you isn't fun when you're already scared on top of that. It makes it worse," Campbell said.

There are plenty of reasons why some drivers say they don't clear all that snow and ice off their vehicles.

"I don't have time. It's cold, I just go. I feel bad," Campbell said.

But Campbell said she learned an important lesson from driving winter's obstacle course and has avoided an accident from an icy bombardment.

"Lots of space between you and the person in front of you," she said.

So before you get behind the wheel after a snowstorm, build a little extra time into your schedule, so you can remove all the snow and ice before you hit these wintry roads.


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