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Police want your windows defrosted before you drive

By johnboy - 12 June 2013 36

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With winter upon us, ACT Policing is urging all Canberra drivers to remove ice from all the glass surfaces of their vehicles.

Frosted windscreens and windows pose a significant danger to road users, as they reduce visibility and can intensify the glare of the sun.

Officer-in-Charge of Traffic Operations Sergeant Rod Anderson 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,” Sergeant Anderson said.

“It’s actually an offence to drive a vehicle if your vision, to the front or rear is obstructed. If police pull you over with ice, or any other object obstructing your vision, you can be fined $80.”

“It’s just a matter of taking a bit of extra time to make sure car’s safe. If you can’t garage your car overnight get up 10 minutes earlier, pour lukewarm (never hot) water over your vehicle and make sure your demisters are functioning properly before you leave.”

Last year police attended a collision in Conder in which a driver, whose view was obstructed by frost on her windscreen, collided with the back of an ACTION bus.

The driver was issued with a Traffic Infringement Notice for ‘driving a vehicle without clear view’.

“This incident highlighted how driving without a clear view is highly dangerous to you and to others, and may result in a collision that could cost those involved significant cost, inconvenience and injury,” Sergeant Anderson said.

[Courtesy ACT Policing, Photo by Galileo55 CC BY 2.0]

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Police want your windows defrosted before you drive
wildturkeycanoe 6:22 pm 12 Jun 13

Well, the ice scraper works for about half a block before the screen is fogged up on the inside. It takes 5 minutes for the engine to warm up before the de-mister kicks in to operation.[ Humerous anecdote – How much extra CO2 is this going to add to our planet’s woes??? ]. Back to the serious part now, even if you defrost the mirrors about a block from home they fog up in some conditions. How do you keep them from doing this? I don’t think they have mirror heaters in many cars yet.

thatsnotme 6:20 pm 12 Jun 13

What’s wrong with just starting the car 5-10 minutes before you leave, and letting the heater take care of it? Not only can you see, but you avoid freezing your arse off while you wait for the heater to kick in.

Sandman 4:20 pm 12 Jun 13

Couple of the young lads down the street got up a bit earlier than normal one winters day a few years ago and neglected to take care of the ice. They made it 6 houses before slamming into the back of a parked car.

Captain RAAF 2:55 pm 12 Jun 13

Have to add a carport to the garage because all the Mopar muscle is occupying the parks inside!

Not to mention I’m required to provide shelter for Mrs RAAF’s chariot, and it’s not even a Dodge!

One fix I am going to try, until said carport goes up, I have a tap inside the garage (a legacy from when the garage was originally half the size and it was an outside tap), connect a hose to it and the water in it should stay…umm, watery and not freeze up, simply up goes the roller door, wash ice off car, and off I go!

I pity people in these new houses with a single garage if they’re lucky, trying to raise a family, all of whom will one day own cars that will all be living outside. This iced up car issue is only going to get worse!

BTW, Metho in your squirter bottle will eventually kill the seal in the cap and it will leak everywhere, probably at the moment when you are dressed in your best suit/frock on your way to a crucial interview, which you are running late for.

poetix 2:06 pm 12 Jun 13

HiddenDragon said :

bikhet said :

HiddenDragon said :

If suitably warmed water is not available, methylated spirits can do the job, as well (so I am told) – carried in a hip-flask, perhaps.

Works a treat – though I prefer a spray bottle.

Indeed, and you can now get it with a vanilla fragrance – so nice! (a dab behind the ears goes well, too).

‘No officer, I am not drinking it, merely using it to ensure proper vision as required by the law. Burp.’

HiddenDragon 12:49 pm 12 Jun 13

bikhet said :

HiddenDragon said :

If suitably warmed water is not available, methylated spirits can do the job, as well (so I am told) – carried in a hip-flask, perhaps.

Works a treat – though I prefer a spray bottle.

Indeed, and you can now get it with a vanilla fragrance – so nice! (a dab behind the ears goes well, too).

pptvb 12:33 pm 12 Jun 13

“It’s actually an offence to drive a vehicle if your vision, to the front or rear is obstructed. If police pull you over with ice, or any other object obstructing your vision, you can be fined $80.”

That’s 99% of cars with GPS units.
They could make a fortune in fines!

Thumper 11:41 am 12 Jun 13

Unlike you mere mortals, I simply use the force….

bikhet 11:14 am 12 Jun 13

HiddenDragon said :

If suitably warmed water is not available, methylated spirits can do the job, as well (so I am told) – carried in a hip-flask, perhaps.

Works a treat – though I prefer a spray bottle.

EvanJames 11:13 am 12 Jun 13

You can get American/European ice scrapers now from car shops, they’re better than the old bit of broken plastic from a CD case, or the medicare card.

HiddenDragon 10:55 am 12 Jun 13

If suitably warmed water is not available, methylated spirits can do the job, as well (so I am told) – carried in a hip-flask, perhaps.

noma 10:30 am 12 Jun 13

Good initiative I say. Some people need common sense spelt out for them

poetix 9:52 am 12 Jun 13

Paisley windscreens are so pretty.

bundah 9:26 am 12 Jun 13

I got t-boned by an idiot many moons ago who couldn’t be bothered to remove the ice from his side windows and said afterwards I didn’t see ya mate.Yeah really,no shit sherlock!

Holden Caulfield 9:15 am 12 Jun 13

I heard the always struggling Department of Common Sense wants the same thing.

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