How to Properly Remove Snow From Your Car:
Cleaning your vehicle on a frigid morning can be difficult at the best of times, but there are general rules to follow that should take some of the pain away.
Here are our top tips for how best to remove snow and ice from your car and arrive safe at your destination.
- Keep a snowbrush by the front door, as well as in your car, and use it to first clean off the roof of your vehicle, the window rails and the rear window prior to starting the engine. Nothing is more exasperating than walking out to your car after a snowfall, unlocking the doors and opening them only to watch snow tumble onto the seat, guaranteeing a wet ride into work.
- Start the car, turning on the rear defroster — as well as the heated mirrors and steering wheel if your car has them — and direct airflow to the front windshield by selecting the “defrost” setting on your HVAC system. Generally speaking, this will make snow and ice removal easier as it should help melt ice build-up, specifically around the windshield area.
- Scrape the windows starting from the outside edge and working your way into the middle.
- Be sure to clear the area around the wiper blades carefully so as to not damage a potentially stuck rubber blade. Remove built up snow from around the lower portion of the windshield to ensure your blades can swing freely.
- Carefully remove any snow and ice from the surrounding area to allow the washer fluid to spray properly. It’s no secret — you will most likely need them on the drive.
- Be sure to clean the hood area as flying snow can be dangerous and block your vision while driving. An unclean roof area, especially in a minivan or large SUV, can wreak havoc on the roads for those drivers behind you.
- Clean the headlights and taillights, the radiator grille,license plates and mirrors, plus the wheels and wheel well areas to ensure a safe and worry-free drive. It is hard enough to see oncoming traffic in a snowstorm, but doubly difficult when headlights or taillights are covered with snow or ice.
- Your car’s engine needs air to work properly, so don’t forget to remove as much snow and ice as possible from around the front grille.
Phew! It seems like more steps than most of us morning scramblers are used to, but hastily scraping a little “see-hole” in the ice isn’t really enough for your safety, or others on the road. So next time it’s going to snow, or ice, make a point to set that alarm an extra ten minutes earlier!