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This is how dangerous it can be when drivers don't clean snow and ice off their cars

If you drive a vehicle in Canada during the winter, there is absolutely no excuse not to clear the snow off of it before you take it out. No one cares if you're late for work, or that you think it's not that much accumulation and it will blow off when you start driving.

One very unfortunate man near Ottawa has exemplified what can happen when someone in an unbrushed car takes to the streets.

Martin Burger endured some dramatic lacerations to his head when a piece of ice flew off of another car and into his on Highway 417 late last week.

The ice completely destroyed Burger's windshield, putting a massive hole in it before pummeling him in the face. His son, who was in the passenger seat at the time, called 911 and the two were taken to hospital.

Burger posted a photo on social media on Saturday showing his gory injuries, which included a ton of stitches on his forehead and eyebrow, a swollen and oozing black eye and a number of other cuts and bruises, some held together by steri-strips.

He also uploaded two photos of his smashed windshield, painting a terrifying scene.

"I am creating this post to heighten awareness for everyone to clean their entire vehicle off of snow/ice prior to driving," the Facebook post, which has now been shared more than 77,000 times, reads. "I will heal and am gratful I was able to go home, as things could have turned out a lot worse."

This is only one of many incidents in recent memory in which a driver has been struck by ice from atop another vehicle on a Canadian road.

The Ontario Provincial Police shared a shocking video last month that showed a windshield being shattered by a sheet of ice and snow that had slipped off of a car near Toronto, while residents across the country have continued to complain of the dangers of such negligence.

Even if a giant chunk of ice doesn't get swept off your car and through someone's windshield, there are countless other ways that your uncleaned vehicle can reduce visibility for yourself and others, and pose a huge danger to the public.

If you have common sense and care about the safety of yourself and those around you (or simply don't want that liability on your hands), just take the 60 seconds to brush your car off before going anywhere. Your fellow drivers will thank you.

Lead photo by

Martin Burger


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