This time of year tends to be the most stressful for drivers. With the amount of snow and ice Ontario has been hit with in the past few weeks, it is important to ensure your car is properly cleaned off of any winter residue. And this Toronto dashcam video shows exactly why it matters so much.

Ontario Provincial Police Sgt. Kerry Schmidt shared a short clip on Twitter to illustrate the point.

The footage, initially posted to Reddit, shows a driver heading down Highway 403 in Mississauga, close to the Square One shopping centre.

It appears to be a day of low visibility and snow flurries in the area. As the dashcam films, a large chunk of ice flies off a vehicle ahead and flies through the air before shattering the filming driver's windshield.

The scary moment shows the dangers of neglecting to clean off your car before setting off in freezing temperatures.

According to the dashcam date, the incident occurred on December 2, 2019. That was a day on which the GTA was still feeling the effects of a horrible winter storm.

The video was uploaded by Redditor TheExtimate on Thursday, December 5 and Schmidt tweeted it out on Friday as a warning to drivers.

On Friday, the GTA is expected to get over 10 centimetres of snow and horrible conditions for commuting, which naturally increases the dangers of snow-related accidents like this one.

The video has garnered a lot of reaction on social media about what punishment should be faced by drivers who act negligently by not cleaning off their cars properly.

"It should be mandatory, as in the law. 5 demerit points and $1,000 fine would be a start," says The Weather Network's Broadcast Meteorologist Chris Murphy in response to Schmidt.

We've all seen cars that have too much snow on them driving around the GTA, but not clearing off sheet ice is a particularly huge danger.

If you're driving at highway speeds, those chunks of ice become dangerous projectiles and they can do some serious damage as this video shows.

 

Environment Canada released several cold weather alerts across the country on Monday. Regions across Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Alberta will be affected by wind chills up to -50°C.

Last month, Alberta was one of the coldest places on Earth. At the time, temperatures in the western Canadian province were colder than Antarctica and even the North Pole.

The winter season is far from over. Clearing your car before using it takes time and can be frustrating, but not doing so could cost someone's life.


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