Severe weather takes a toll on your vehicles and when snow falls in large amounts, the task of unburying your car becomes very daunting and . It’s important to remove the snow properly to avoid damaging your vehicle’s surface. Check out these tips below on properly removing snow, ice and road salt from your vehicle.
Removing snow from your vehicle is no easy task and using the right tools and knowing what to do will make the process much more bearable. First off remember to dress warmly and wear gloves to protect your hands. Also, ensure you have the right snow clearing gear. This article from wikiHow recommends using a broom with feathered, soft bristle tips or a scratch-free snow brush and an old towel to do the main removal work. Start by digging around the wheels and sides of the car, especially the driver’s door. Brush the snow off the roof onto the ground. If your vehicle is higher than you, use a small stepladder and a broom to push off the snow. Once you’ve done this, shovel all of the removed snow away from the car, other cars and pedestrian walkways so you’re not creating snow hazards.
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Ice is more damaging to your vehicle and harder to remove than a large amount of snow. Once inside, turn on your vehicle on and let it warm up for 10 to 15 minutes to allow the ice to melt from the interior heat as suggested by wikiHow. Once the ice is manageable, remove large chunks by your hands (make sure you’re still wearing your gloves!). Only use an ice scraper on the windows and windshield when removing ice from your vehicle. On other surfaces, the scraper might scratch or tear off a sensitive surface.
Apart from the obvious hazards of Snow and ice, cars also face additional threats to their finish. Road salt used to clear the roads is very abrasive and when rubbed into the finish, it can scratch and damage your car’s paint. Salt can also corrode any exposed metal, so it’s essential to remove it as quickly as possible to prevent any premature rusting. Consider washing your car once a week and especially after a heavy snowstorm. This routine will remove the salt residue from the car before it can damage your vehicle.
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