Thursday, January 6, 2011

How to Clear Snow Off Your Car

Driving with snow and ice on your car is hazardous. Not only could it hinder visibility while driving, it could also cause an accident.

In case the snow overnight and tomorrow is worse than the weather pundits predict, here's some good information from Consumer Reports for clearing off your car after a snow storm.
  • Use a brush or ice scraper to take off snow and ice from the windshield, side mirrors headlights, wheel wells, and tailpipe. Don’t force the wipers, for if they are frozen in place, you may end up damaging them or the motors.
  • Use a de-icing fluid on the windshield, if necessary. (Just remember don’t store it in your car).
  • Use a clean, soft-bristled broom to remove debris off the roof. Don’t use anything rougher or a shovel as that will cause scratches to the paint.
  • If the vehicle is an SUV or taller—grab a step stool to help access the roof
  • Start the car and put on the front and rear defrosters on high while you clean off the exterior. (Don’t start the car too early as you will waste gas. Also, don’t idle in a closed garage).
  • Don’t use hot water to remove ice from the glass—it will cause it to shatter.

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