Winter can be a frustrating time of year, especially in areas prone to snow. Having to own a second set of tires to use during winter months, spending large amounts of time shoveling snow and breaking your back while breaking ice are all challenges of winter living. Some particular challenges occur concerning your car. Snow and ice buildup can delay getting out the door and on the way to work or school. Here are some tips to help you start your day faster.
Park in Your Garage
The easiest and most obvious option for dealing with snow and ice on your car is to avoid it altogether. Parking in the garage allows you to skip all the clearing of snow and chipping of ice that comes with winter mornings. Unfortunately, not everyone has this option. Maybe you don’t have a garage. Maybe your garage is occupied. If that’s the case, there are still other options. Many companies sell garage canopies and shelters that work just as well as a garage. They keep the snow and ice from accumulating on your vehicle.
Cover Your Car
If a garage or canopy is out of the question, the next best option is to cover your car. There are custom and generic car covers available that can completely cover your vehicle. After a harsh night of snow, simply remove the cover and you’re ready to go. For particularly heavy snow, this might not be the best option. Another good choice is to cover your windshield and windows. In the morning, pull off the cover and you’ll have plenty of visibility to drive.
Cover Your Mirrors
A very easy fix for keeping your mirrors clear is to cover them with a plastic bag. Tie off the bag or affix it with a rubber band. In the morning, remove the bag and the snow and ice are gone.
Raise Your Wipers
One problem that comes with winter is windshield wipers sticking to the glass. If they’re not properly defrosted first, using your wipers could cause them to tear. To avoid this, raise your wiper arms. Then in the morning, simply lower your wiper arms and you’ll be ready to go.
Use a Broom
For clearing snow off your car, nothing beats a standard broom. It will give you extended reach to clear your windshield, hood and roof. Just take care as you brush your car that you don’t leave scratches in painted surfaces.
When winter comes, snow and ice can be annoying. Try these tips to make your life much easier.