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December 25, 2008

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Mike T.

You're preachin' to the choir Jim. Most people reading this column will already do these things because they are interested in cars and driving and care about what they do. The ones you're aiming at don't even know that Wheels.ca even exists. But, if you don't even try to change the world......

doug calver

Please use your influence with politicians to pass a law making drivers TURN ON THEIR LIGHTS in fog, snow, rain or on dark days. New York has a law that says lights on with wipers. People do not realize how difficult it is to see their rear end in any of the above situations. I know you can do it!

Brian Williams

Jim,
I have long been an ardent supporter of cleaning all snow from a car before it is driven, including all glass, lights, roof and sides. Cleaning snow from the glass means the driver can see what others are doing, cleaning the lights means others can see what you are doing or will do, cleaning the roof means snow does not obscure your rear window or the windshield of someone behind you, and cleaning the sides of your car means that you are more visible while crossing an intersection (esp if your car is red like my Escort wagon, and of course it also means everyone can see my Targa Newfoundland decals!).
My entreaties often fall on deaf ears, and I have sometimes seen even the local RCMP with poorly cleared vehicles (in one case, a couple of years ago, the cruiser had only the snow removed from the windshield!) I wrote a letter to my local paper a few years ago about this issue, and got some flack for having done so!

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