Here’s mud in your eye!
Wash your face. Wash your hands before dinner. Did you wash behind your ears? These are all things we’ve heard growing up from our parents and now as we get older and – umm – more responsible, we’re supposed to keep washing, right? Well, not so much as it appears.
I recently saw this vehicle parked in a parking lot. There was still snow on the ground and not a lot of mild days, but somehow the driver of this vehicle found mud. Reminds me of my son; he’ll find mud and dirt around a pool. Anyway, where ever this driver found the mud is irrelevant. The problems this driver faces can also be shared with drivers behind them and the passengers in this vehicle.
The driver at least used the rear wiper and washer to make a “clean” patch to see what was behind them. Good plan! Well, sort of. The limited view that the rear wiper gives them is just that; limited. That view may not see all of the risks approaching them from behind. It’s like having a small porthole to see out of. Not the greatest of ideas, especially when there’s a bigger window that underneath all of that mud.
Even if the driver couldn’t find time to wash the vehicle completely, perhaps heading off to the gas station to use the squeegee to clean the rear window was in order. It would only take them roughly two minutes to make that stop and clean the rear window. Considering one of the most common types of collisions within our society is a rear crash, why not make the effort to see what’s behind you? You can’t avoid a rear crash if you don’t know it’s about to happen. And really, what’s two minutes out of your trip?
Now, let’s take a look at the tail lights and the brake lights. It’ll be difficult for drivers following behind them to quickly notice when the driver ahead is braking. If it’s a gradual braking effort, it’s not as big a deal. But if the driver had to quickly hit their brakes, the driver following them wouldn’t have as much notification of their slowing and possibly rear end that lead driver.
So while you’re cleaning the rear window with your squeegee, clean off the brake lights as well. Hey, you may as well clean off ALL of the lights – front and back. Do the side windows and mirrors too. This all of this visibility, you probably won’t miss anything when you’re driving; except for maybe the mud.