Maryland is expected to see the first measurable snowfall tonight, and there’s nothing worse than getting ready for work only to discover a windshield that’s buried in snow and ice. If you haven’t already, it’s worth brushing up on your snow removal skills. Driving with snow and ice on your car is not only hazardous, but in some areas there are laws that fine drivers who don’t clear their car. Here are a few valuable tips that can make your morning commute simpler after a little bit of snowfall.
- First, always give yourself plenty of time. You don’t want to be rushing to remove the snow from your car first thing in the morning. This takes time!
- Get your snow removal gear. Make sure you have a snow shovel, ice scraper, and soft-bristle broom. It’s worth investing in high quality snow removal tools. Choose a shorter-handled ice scraper. Work your tools beneath the ice sheet and be careful around the wipers.
- Use your vehicle’s defroster to make it easier to scrape off the snow. Have it going while you work on the outside, but never leave it idle in a closed garage space. Always start from the top and work your way down. If your vehicle is too tall to reach, use a step stool.
- Don’t turn your wipers on until you’re absolutely sure the blades aren’t frozen to the glass. Otherwise, you could end up damaging the blades or the wiper motor. Use your fingers to work them completely free.
- If you can’t get your car door open, use a de-icer. Never store de-icing fluid within your car. Do not pour warm water over your windshield, as this could cause it crack.
- Use your scrape to gently remove the snow and ice from your windshield, as well other windows and side mirrors. Powdery snow that’s left on the body of your vehicle will blow down and obscure your vision. Wet snow is extra weight on your car that will require more fuel to move around.
- You should try to remove as much snow and ice as you can from around the tires. If need be, use your hands or a shovel. You can also use salt or kitty litter to help melt the snow.
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