Though this winter has been pretty mild in most parts of the country, when it has snowed the accumulation has been quite treacherous for drivers that need to travel during the storms.
That’s why it is important to take all the precautions necessary to ensure that you will be at your safest when driving your vehicle.
And if you’re like most people who drive consistently, you need your vehicle to be in the best shape at all times – not in a ditch on the side of the road because you weren’t prepared for the snowy and icy conditions.
This is also true when trying to defrost your vehicle from being left out overnight, or day of work, after or during a storm.
Here Are 3 Different Ways To De-Ice Your Car Quickly, Without Damaging The Exterior:
1. De-Icing The Windshield & Car Windows – If your car is covered in snow, you might think that it is a good idea to just throw hot water on the windshield to get rid of the ice and snow. This is not true, as in most cases the sudden heat can cause a crack in the windshield.
Instead, it would be more beneficial to create a rubbing alcohol and water solution mixed in a spray bottle to remove the ice and assist the defrosters running inside the car. Way more effective and won’t damage the windshield. Avoid using vinegar as it can damage the glass, chrome, paint and other exterior surfaces.
2. Snow & Ice On Roof – We understand that most of the time, people are in a hurry to get going and they might not remove all the snow on the roof.
But police are cracking down and pulling over drivers more and more for leaving the snowy and icy buildup on the roof of their vehicles. Not only is it a hazard for the driver if they haven’t fully removed the snow from your windows or roof because it decreases visibility, but also it can harm the vehicles behind the driver because the falloff at high speeds can crack or dent their cars as well.
For safety on the roads, find a solid plastic ice scraper with extensions to reach those higher up spots and remove as much as possible. This should help to prevent being pulled over or damaging other vehicles.
3. Ice Buildup On Locks – If you’re unable to put your key in the door locks that means there is an ice buildup. Instead of using your key to dig around or your scraper to chip away at the ice which could cause unwanted damage, use your rubbing alcohol/water mixture to clear it out, and then purchase a lock de-icer to lubricate the locks and prevent that from happening again.
Use the lock de-icer every time you fill up with gas or at least once a month to make it through the winter.
Just because the conditions aren’t ideal doesn’t mean you can’t drive safely to get to where you need to go. With these tips, you’ll be more successful in getting ice and snow off your car and on your way to your destination.
If you have happened to accrue a dent or ding on your vehicle from a snowball or from a slippery road accident, contact your paintless dent repair specialists at Impact Paintless Dent Repair today.
Call 307.267.7776 today for more information or a consultation today!