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Watch What Happens When You Don’t Clear Snow and Ice Off Your Car

One Saab driver finds out the hard way.

Driving in snow and ice is tough. Don’t make it even tougher by leaving snow and ice on your car when you set off down the highway, or you could cause a serious accident. For proof, take a look at this video caught on the dashcam of a 2003 Saab 9-5 wagon on I-495 near Boston.

In the clip, the 2003 Saab 9-5 driver is following an SUV at a relatively generous distance on the highway. The other driver didn’t remove any of the snow or ice from the top of their vehicle, and the force of air resistance at highway speeds eventually causes the ice to lift and fly away from the car’s roof. A giant sheet of ice spins through the air toward the Saab driver, who brakes in a valiant effort to prevent an impact, but ultimately can’t avoid a big hit from the airborne ice pack. The impact of the frozen mass shatters the car’s windshield, bends its windshield wipers, and damages one of the sideview mirrors.

Fortunately, the Saab driver stays calm and manages to pull over to the side of the highway safely, but airborne ice and snow could easily cause an accident if it impedes another driver’s vision. The lesson here is simple: Brush snow and ice off your car before getting on the road.