The winter weather conditions, especially in Maryland, can be unpredictable. One day, it might be snowing, another it could be sunny, and the temperatures fluctuate from the 30’s to almost 70. As you can imagine, such an environment isn’t the best for your car. You will need to be a little more vigilant to prevent any damage from the temperature, snow, and more. Here are some considerations for protecting your car this winter.
Although snow can be inconvenient when driving, it is relatively easy to clear off of your car. The thing to remember is that time is of the essence; don’t let snow get the chance to settle, or it will be significantly more difficult to remove. For example, if you get snowed in, and work is canceled, it is tempting to leave your car as is since you have nowhere to go. But you should make sure to lift up your windshield wiper blades and get rid of as much snow as you can soon after the snow has stopped falling. Another thing to keep in mind is that you should never use a snow shovel on your vehicle because it can scratch the paint job. Instead, use a large brush or even a broom to remove the snow.
Dealing With Ice
Removing ice from your car can be tricky and tedious if you use the wrong methods. An ice scraper should only be limited to use for the car windows, for the same reason that using a shovel could scratch the paint job. Instead, try to pry off the ice in several chunks at a time. Another popular method for getting rid of ice that is a total myth is using hot water, especially on windows. The sudden temperature change can do more damage than good, and you could even crack your car windows this way.
With inclement winter weather comes a lot of salt on the road to prevent dangerous ice slicks. The problem is that road salt can cause a lot of damage to your car’s finish. Although some types of road salt aren’t as bad, the commercial variety used on highways will almost certainly contain harsh chemicals. It’s important not to overlook road salt when you are cleaning your vehicle. Be sure to give it a good rinse and then scrub with soap. Or you can simply take your vehicle to the car wash after the winter road slush has cleared.
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