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I’m in my vehicle driving down the road, just flowing along, when all of the sudden a huge piece of ice flies off of the vehicle in front of me. It hits my windshield and smashes it. I manage to pull over 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 staring at a doctor. I ask him, “what happened to me?” He tells me that I was hit by a flying piece of ice from 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 also happens with passenger vehicles. I’m sure some of you have witnessed this.

Years ago, most people never gave ice on their vehicle a second thought. The mentality was that it would just blow off while driving. Unfortunately, this doesn’t account for the vehicle behind us. When ice flies off of a moving vehicle, it becomes a projectile moving at high speeds. The force at which it hits another vehicle is enormous.

There have been a lot of accidents lately involving ice from a vehicle hitting another vehicle and injuring or killing someone. It could be your family member who gets hit. This kind of thing has a ripple effect within 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 only takes 5 minutes, and it could save someone’s life, maybe even someone you know, and it’s just the right thing to do. It’s your responsibility.

As a different perspective on this, consider that how we do one thing is often how we do another. So, if you’re not taking the time to clean snow and ice from your vehicle, then what other things in your life are you neglecting? This kind of behaviour 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 off our vehicle 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 Relationship Coach/Consultant and co-creator of The Mindful Trucker Institute, helping companies and professional drivers with better Health, Safety, and Wellness.