Remove ice and snow from cars before you hit the roads

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)  – It’s important to drive slowly after winter storms, but it’s just as important to move slowly before you get in your car.

“Property can be fixed, people can’t,” said Jeff Morrett, Parsons & Howard Insurance Group Agent.

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Chunks of ice and snow are flying off of people’s cars creating major travel hazards for other drivers on the road.

“Could lead to them swerving or losing control of their vehicle,” said Jedd Bowles, AAA Lexington Fleet Manager.

Kentucky State Police posted on Facebook “Remove ice and snow before you go!” showing a smashed windshield.

Lexington police said officers have responded to at least a dozen calls this week for ice-broken windshields or snow flying off other cars. And this even happened to one of Bowles co-workers.

“We had one of our tow trucks driving down the road and a large chunk of ice flew off and hit our truck hard enough it actually triggered our cameras on the truck,” said Bowles.

Just a small piece of ice about an inch thick and 12 inches long weighed about 2 pounds, imagine a two-pound rock hitting your car.

Morrett added windows aren’t cheap to replace.

“A brand new windshield is a couple hundred dollars up to, the special ones, are in the thousands of dollars,” Morrett said.

Morrett said if this happens to you, call the police and your insurance company to make a report.

“Take some pictures,” said Morrett. “Make sure we get everything layered out on how it happened with everything .”

Before you hit the roads don’t just clear of your windows. Remove all snow and ice from your car, from the roof and trunk.

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Chelsea Smith joins ABC 36 as a meteorologist and reporter. Chelsea grew up on the south side of Indianapolis. Her love for weather, especially Midwest weather, started with overcoming her childhood fear of thunderstorms. Chelsea graduated from Ball State University in 2017 where she earned her degree in meteorology. As part of a BSU class she chased storms all across the Great Plains and chased tornadoes in Eastern Colorado. She recently moved from Quincy, IL where she was the weekend meteorologist and reporter for WGEM for three years. She has forecasted and covered pretty much all types of Midwest Weather from thunderstorms and tornado outbreaks, blizzards and ice storms, to droughts and historic floods. When Chelsea is not forecasting, she is most likely spending time with her family and her yorkie! She is so excited for be forecasting for Central and Eastern Kentucky!