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Frosted up Conder driver couldn’t see the back of a bus

By johnboy - 4 July 2012 59

ACT Policing is again reminding motorists of the dangers of failing to properly clear frost and ice from their windows following a collision on Tom Roberts Avenue in Conder early this morning (Wednesday, July 4).

Around 7.50am today, police attended a collision in which a driver, whose view was obscured by frost on her windscreen, collided with the back of an ACTION bus.

The driver of the vehicle suffered minor injuries.

The 20-year-old driver from Conder will be issued with a Traffic Infringement Notice for ‘driving a vehicle without clear view’.

Collision Investigation & Reconstruction Team Detective Sergeant Jason Kennedy said it was the responsibility of motorists to ensure all their windows are free of frost as to not impede their vision when driving.

“Anyone leaving their vehicles out in sub-zero temperatures experienced in Canberra recently must take the time to defrost their windows and mirrors before heading off on their journey,” Detective Sergeant Kennedy said.

“The incident highlights how driving without a clear view is highly dangerous to yourself and to others, and may result in a collision that could cost those involved significant cost, inconvenience and injury.”

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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Frosted up Conder driver couldn’t see the back of a bus
Felix the Cat 7:22 pm 04 Jul 12

Tetranitrate said :

Pretty irresponsible to be driving around with so little visibility that you ran into a bus!

I just can’t believe anyone could be so thick. A couple of saucepan fulls of tapwater is usually enough to disrupt frost enough that windscreen wipers can clear it anyway, I just can’t see how anyone could consider driving without clearing it.

Pouring water on the windscreen can make the problem worse (especially warm/hot water) as it can freeze up again as you drive. Best thing to do is to scrape it off with a credit card or similar shaped object.

A ‘flat-packed’ cardboard box over the windscreen with the wipers holding it on is a good way of preventing the frost getting on there in the first place, but you still need to clear the side and rear windows. You could put a large sheet over the roof and cover all the windows but it may be a bit wet and cold to take off, but I guess wet and cold is better than running into a bus – or worse.

Mr Gillespie 7:12 pm 04 Jul 12

Jono said :

Does anyone know a good translation engine? I tried to put the above through Babelfish to find out what it meant, but it doesn’t have a “Gibberish to English” category available.

I think what you’re trying to translate is the points I am making, rather than the language I am using.

THINK McFly THINK!

Garages & carports = cars parked in shelter so they don’t get frosted

Garages not seen as “luxuries” = EVERYONE (not just the “well off”) can park their car so it doesn’t get frosted

More responsible spending of money and resources on things like sheltered facilities for cars to be parked = cars in a safer condition

Are you getting my drift so far?

Why do you need Google Translate or Babelfish to translate commonsense like this??

Martlark 7:01 pm 04 Jul 12

gentoopenguin said :

Mate, you didn’t have to explain any further than “a Volvo driver”. Says it all already!!

Libel! I used the tried and true bucket of water method to get the frost off my giant Volvo Wagon before heading out with lights and hat on.

gentoopenguin 6:52 pm 04 Jul 12

Kim F said :

A Volvo driver in Deakin almost cleared me up as I walked to walk. With the sun in his eyes and a 2 inch layer of frost on his windscreen, he managed to mount the curb 20 metres in front of me. If I had been a bit earlier, he would have got me.

Mate, you didn’t have to explain any further than “a Volvo driver”. Says it all already!!

gooterz 6:38 pm 04 Jul 12

Maybe she thought it was fog.

I still dont see why women have cheaper insurance.

cross 6:34 pm 04 Jul 12

geeks may appreciate this tip.Grab a couple of old hard drives and pull out the rare earth magnets tie them into the corners of old an sheet then throw it over your windscreen then Clack it’s held on securely and easily taken off again.

Jono 6:30 pm 04 Jul 12

Mr Gillespie said :

Just saying Johnboy that with all this emphasis on “saving the planet from climate change on global warming” the dollars spent on measures to “combat climate change” could be better spent on shelter for cars that are otherwise parked out in the open exposed to frost, and to proper housing designs and more and better housing, and curbs to this ever-growing population.

A garage doesn’t have to be a luxury, if housing was made less expensive, not more, while we pay extra because of this “climate change” bulls*** being forced down our throats.

Does anyone know a good translation engine? I tried to put the above through Babelfish to find out what it meant, but it doesn’t have a “Gibberish to English” category available.

cranky 6:27 pm 04 Jul 12

On a side note, the radio was reporting that this accident closed both ends of Tom Roberts Avenue(?)

It would seem inevitable that this silly, silly lady has inconvenienced a large number of people.

Wouldn’t it be lovely if those affected could claim compo from the lady’s insurer.

Mr Gillespie 5:53 pm 04 Jul 12

johnboy said :

I’m sure everyone who doesn’t have the luxury of a garage will really appreciate that advice.

Just saying Johnboy that with all this emphasis on “saving the planet from climate change on global warming” the dollars spent on measures to “combat climate change” could be better spent on shelter for cars that are otherwise parked out in the open exposed to frost, and to proper housing designs and more and better housing, and curbs to this ever-growing population.

A garage doesn’t have to be a luxury, if housing was made less expensive, not more, while we pay extra because of this “climate change” bulls*** being forced down our throats.

Tetranitrate 5:44 pm 04 Jul 12

caf said :

You can put a blanket over the windscreen the night before.

Pretty irresponsible to be driving around with so little visibility that you ran into a bus!

I just can’t believe anyone could be so thick. A couple of saucepan fulls of tapwater is usually enough to disrupt frost enough that windscreen wipers can clear it anyway, I just can’t see how anyone could consider driving without clearing it.

Kim F 5:24 pm 04 Jul 12

A Volvo driver in Deakin almost cleared me up as I walked to walk. With the sun in his eyes and a 2 inch layer of frost on his windscreen, he managed to mount the curb 20 metres in front of me. If I had been a bit earlier, he would have got me.

bundah 5:22 pm 04 Jul 12

Mr Gillespie said :

Another way to avoid this is to park your car under a shelter or in a garage, that way the car won’t frost up at all.

johnboy said :

I’m sure everyone who doesn’t have the luxury of a garage will really appreciate that advice.

Of course one could always cover the windscreen with an old blanket or newspaper!

caf 5:10 pm 04 Jul 12

You can put a blanket over the windscreen the night before.

Pretty irresponsible to be driving around with so little visibility that you ran into a bus!

johnboy 5:09 pm 04 Jul 12

I’m sure everyone who doesn’t have the luxury of a garage will really appreciate that advice.

Mr Gillespie 5:08 pm 04 Jul 12

Another way to avoid this is to park your car under a shelter or in a garage, that way the car won’t frost up at all.

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