Winter Weather Tips For Car Owners

February 5th, 2011

If you don’t have the luxury of parking your automobile in a garage on or under an Automotive Lift, and you live in the northern reaches of the United States, then this post is for you. Actually, considering the weather that Texas has been receiving recently, this very well could apply to most residents of the southern states as well. It’s true that this has been a particularly brutal winter. So it only stands to reason that some of our southern brethren are not as familiar with the tricks and tactics used to make life easier in these icy conditions. When you’re in a hurry to get to work, and you’ve got a layer of ice on your car, you don’t want to spend a half hour attempting to get in your car, and clearing all the windows.
In anticipation of an ice, or snow storm, many people  will place a tarp, or even cardboard over their windshield to help hasten their travels. No need to scrape that pesky ice off your windshield, or wait for it to melt after you blast you heater onto the windshield. 
Another tip is to lift your wiper blades off the windshield before an announced storm so that they do not freeze to the windshield and potentially get damaged when you try to free them from the ice. Also try to delay turning on the wipers until they can run freely. If they are still frozen to your windshield, and you leave the motor on, you risk burning out the wiper motor.
Some cars may have doors that freeze shut due to a build up of ice inside the space between the door and vehicle body. Some folks will try a hair blow drier, but a faster solution would be to pour cool water onto the area where you suspect the ice to be. Be careful not to use warm water, as this could cause freezing cold windows to crack from the rapid disparity in temperature.
The worst case scenario is when you are in such a hurry that you don’t take the time to clean off your vehicle properly. Then you wind up getting in an accident and you end up with your car on an Auto Lift because you didn’t clean off your windows properly.
Try these tips, and you’ll be able to get on your way more quickly and safely.

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