How to Protect Your Car from Snow and Ice DamageNovember 18, 2021 9:01 pm Leave your thoughts
Winter is on the way, and there’s nothing we can do to stop it. With the dropping temperatures, snow and ice often cause damage to our vehicles. The good news is that our team is here to help.
Continue reading to learn what are ways to keep cars in good condition in winter weather:
- Park in a covered spot when possible: The top tip is to keep your vehicle parked in a garage or carport whenever possible. Having at least a partially-enclosed cover for your vehicle guards against ice and snow which aren’t just nuisances to clean off—snow and ice can cause damage as they melt, which may be expensive to repair.
- Remove salt: Because it melts snow and ice, salted roads are safer to drive on. However, that same ice-melting salt can cause corrosion on the underside of our vehicles and damage our paint jobs, so removing salt whenever possible is a must. Don’t just rub the salt off, though, as that can lead to scratches. Take your vehicle to a carwash on mild days, and rinse your exterior down.
- Use windshield covers: Another one of our favorite ways to protect cars from the snow is to use a windshield cover. Place the windshield cover on your vehicle when you can’t park in a garage, and you’ll never have to worry about waking up to a snow-covered windshield. Simply remove the cover, and your windshield will be good to go.
- Let your car warm up slowly: Waiting for your vehicle to warm up in the morning is a pain. It’s tempting to speed the process up by tossing some warm water on the windshield to melt the ice and snow. That’s a mistake, though. The rapid temperature change can cause windshields to shatter. Instead, turn your car on, and let it warm up naturally each morning.
- Only use an ice scraper on windows: It’s also tempting to remove snow from your car’s body with the same tool you use to remove ice from the windshield—that can lead to paint scratches or dents, though. There are plenty of softer products out there that are designed to remove snow from car bodies.
- Apply wax: Our final advice on ways to protect cars from the snow is to get a car wax. Car wax gives your paint a little bit of protection against the elements—but don’t wait too long to bring your vehicle in for the service. The wax won’t have an effect if it’s too cold out.
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Following our tips on ways to keep cars in good condition in winter weather can go a long way in keeping your car safe, but if any damage does occur, be sure to bring your vehicle down to Lentz Auto Body. From body work to paint jobs and much more, we offer an array of services designed to keep your car in tip-top shape. Call to get your quote today!
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