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Continued: Too many scrape by with 'peephole driving'

  • Article by: KIM ODE , Star Tribune
  • Last update: December 10, 2013 - 8:29 AM

Driving safe is no joke. Maggie Melin of Minneapolis said her dad’s car was hit by a driver peering through a peephole. “It totaled both cars and left my dad with herniated discs in his back,” she said. “Our rule growing up was we were not to leave the driveway until all windows and headlights were cleared, edge to edge. No excuses. Keys were taken away if we drove without everything being cleared.”

The whole-car treatment helps keep you from becoming what Dave Kingsley of Duluth calls “these comets” — cars that speed by with a tail of snow swirling from their roofs, leaving other drivers blinded. Even worse is getting hit by a flying avalanche when big chunks let loose.

Personal note: A cherished memory is the time a car whose roof was heaped with snow came to a sudden stop. That sent the ledge of snow sliding down onto its windshield. Fwomp! The light turned green. Cars honked. Priceless.

Dan Pidde of Bloomington is a conscientious car brusher-offer, knowing that it takes two minutes, tops, to do the job.

“I have considered buying a case of cheap snow brushes to give away to people as a hint that they need to brush off their car,” he said, although such Samaritanism is a considered risk.

“People that drive around in moving snowbanks are dangerous to themselves and others,” he said. “It is about the same as people who drive a white car in a snowstorm without their headlights on.”

Which is an issue for another day.


Kim Ode • 612-673-7185


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