“Ice Missiles” Falling Off Vehicles Causes Accidents, Severe Injuries, and Fatalities

When you think of the winter and how accidents happen, what comes to mind?

Slippery surfaces, freezing rain, vehicles going in ditches, spinning out of control, or sliding into other cars. You might also think of low visibility caused by blowing snow or freezing rain. Some drivers go way too fast for conditions.

But, there’s a new threat during the winter, and it’s one most drivers don’t think of. Blowing ice and snow that flies off the top of vehicles, resulting in serious accidents and injuries.

This is referred to as an “ice missile.”

The idea’s simple: snow hardens into ice on the roof of a vehicle because it’s not been removed. A driver in a rush, or simply unaware of the danger this poses, drives their vehicle at high speeds on the highway. Eventually, the snow and ice works its way loose and flies into the windshield of other vehicles.

Ice Missiles in Action

Check out a few news stories of ice missiles that have happened where they are common in the Northeast United States:

  1. A Maine woman and her 7-year-old son had a huge slab of ice fly off another car and put a crater in their windshield. Shards of glass sprayed her and her son. Fortunately, they sustained no serious injuries.

Here’s a picture of their car:

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Image credit: Portland Press Herald

  1. Nick Metalious had a large ice chunk fly off a semi-trailer and hit his vehicle’s windshield. In New Hampshire, where the accident happened, not clearing snow and ice off the top of your vehicle is illegal. However, because of the damage done to the windshield, Metalious decided to pull over and call 911. He was unable to see the driver’s license plate.

Here’s a picture of his car:

  1. Nick Metalious had a large ice chunk fly off a semi-trailer and hit his vehicle’s windshield. In New Hampshire, where the accident happened, not clearing snow and ice off the top of your vehicle is illegal. However, because of the damage done to the windshield, Metalious decided to pull over and call 911. He was unable to see the driver’s license plate.

Here’s a picture of his car:

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It’s easy to see how these “ice missiles” can cause much more severe accidents and fatalities.

How Can You Prevent Ice Missiles?

The simple solution is to always clear the snow off the top of your vehicle. Some states have laws requiring this, such as Connecticut, New Jersey, Massachusetts,  New York, Maine, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, and Washington. Police can charge up to $1500 in fines for not clearing snow off your vehicle.

For car owners this is easy. But for semi-truck drivers it is not. There’s no easy way to climb to the top of an 18-wheeler’s trailer. Even if truck drivers could, it’s slippery and poses them the risk of falling off.

That’s why Bluff Manufacturing has created DuraSweeper. It’s a spinning brush with soft bristles that quickly and easily clears the snow and ice off the top of tall vehicles. Drivers simply sit in their vehicle and drive right on through. It removes all snow so you comply with the law, avoid fines, and keep other drivers safe.

 

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