I’m driving down the road in my vehicle just flowing along when all of the sudden a huge piece of ice fly’s off the vehicle in front of me. It hits my windshield and smashed it. I managed to stop my car. Good lord, my face is bleeding and I am in shock. Everything hurts now and I’m cold. I wake up and am starring at a doctor. I ask him, “what happened to me?” He tells me that I was hit by a flying piece of ice off someone’s vehicle.

Being in the trucking industry, I have seen this all too much. I have even had this happen to me. Fortunately, I was not hurt at the time. This kind of thing doesn’t just happen in the trucking industry, it happens with passenger vehicles as well. I’m sure some of you have witnessed this.

Years ago, most people never gave it a second thought. The mentality was that it would just blow off while driving. The unfortunate fact is, we don’t think about the vehicle behind us. When ice fly’s off a moving vehicle, it becomes a projectile moving at high speeds. The force at which it hits another vehicle is enormous. 

Fast forward to today, there has been a lot of accidents lately involving flying ice off of vehicles hitting another vehicle and injuring or killing someone. It could be your family member that gets hit. This kind of thing has a ripple affect with families as they are often the ones who care for the injured or worse, have to go to a loved one’s funeral, all because someone didn’t take 5 minutes to clean off their vehicle.

How do you think you would feel if you were on either side of this event? Probably not very good either way. There are hefty fines for not cleaning tractor trailer roofs off and for car drivers as well. The windshields, the roof, tail lights, and the head lights all need to be cleaned off every time. It takes 5 minutes and it could save someone’s life, maybe even your family members life and it’s just the right thing to do. It’s your responsibility.

As a different perspective on this, how we do one thing is usually how we do another. So, if you’re not taking the time to clean your vehicle off from snow and ice, then what other things in life are you neglecting to do. This may represent not having a clear view in your own life. What’s blocking your view from seeing things clearly? Maybe cleaning out the excess. Think about that for a minute.

It’s often the things we don’t do that cause the most pain and suffering. We don’t clean our vehicle off and someone could end up getting hurt or even killed over it. Do you want that to happen to you? I would think not! Before you venture out on that cold snowy day, do it right and clean off your vehicle. The person’s life you save might just be your own.

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Until next time…..

Dana G. Smith, CC

Dana G Smith CC is a Certified Professional Development Coach/Consultant and co-creator of The Mindful Trucker, helping companies and professional drivers have more connection, communication, and overall job satisfaction.