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How to Correctly Get Snow and Ice Off Your Car

Before driving, it’s important to clean the entire car from snow and ice. Even a small amount of snow or ice can affect the condition of the car and visibility on the road. Besides, if the car is not clean, it’s dangerous for other drivers and pedestrians. Of course, it’s better to use a garage or a good parking lot, but if you can’t you will have to spend a little time cleaning your car.

5-Minute Crafts won’t leave you alone with a snow-covered car and will help you clean it fast.

What you need

  1. Anti-freeze
  2. Lock defroster
  3. Silicone grease
  4. Soft rag
  5. Plastic zip-bag
  6. Scraper
  7. Brush
  • If needed: vinegar, water, socks

What to do

  • Clear the exhaust pipe and grill from the snow. Do it before you start the engine. The snow in the pipe can lead to a build-up of carbon monoxide, so don’t skip this step.
  • If the lock wasn’t greased in advance and it froze because of the cold, use a special defroster.
  • Start the engine and turn the heater up. It will take about 5 minutes for the car to heat up. Clean it while you’re waiting.
  • Turn the lights on. The headlights will melt the snow and ice. You will only have to rub them with a soft tissue.
  • Don’t turn on the windshield wipers before you remove the snow and ice. Otherwise, you might damage them and the brushes. Also, check to see whether they are intact. If they are broken, replace them.
  • Take a brush and clean the snow from the car. Start from the windshield and move up to the roof. Then, remove the leftover snow and don’t forget to clean the hood, the trunk, the side mirrors, the windows, the doors, and all the lights.

❗️ Don’t clean the hood with a scraper even if it has ice on it. It will scratch the car. Use a soft rag.

  • If there is ice on the windows, use a scraper. Carefully, remove the ice from the windows. If you don’t have a scraper, you can use a plastic card.
  • To melt the ice, you can use special antifreeze. Put it on the window and rub it with a soft rag.

❗️ Never use boiling water to remove the snow and ice. Hot water on the glass might make the glass crack. Besides, if it’s really cold outside, the water will turn into ice too.

How to prevent the car from freezing

  • Lift the windshield wipers overnight. You can rub the brushes with rubbing alcohol so they don’t stick to the window. You can also wrap them with socks.
  • Use antifreeze to prevent the windows from freezing. If you don’t have this, you can use vinegar with water in a 1:2 proportion.

💡 Cut an onion in half and rub the windows before the weather gets too cold. It will prevent frost from forming on the windows.

  • Wrap the side mirrors with a plastic zip-bag. Or you can use a regular bag with tape. It will help to protect the mirrors from getting covered with ice. It’s convenient because using a scraper on the mirrors is not a very good idea.
  • Use silicone grease. Spray it into the lock and on the rubber part inside the door. The silicone will replace the water and won’t stick. You can also use it on the hood locks.
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