Every time winter rolls around, it creates the age-old question—what do I do about ice on my car? Even if you live if fairly dry place, you still have to deal with ice just because of the temperature changes. The biggest problem with ice is that it’s dangerous. Not only can it get stuck on your car and damage your paint job, but it can also clog your windshield as well as get into your internal system.
So take a look at some of these ice car solutions that you should be using throughout the coldest months of the year.
Do Park Your Car Inside or Under a Cover
This should go without saying, but if you can put your car inside or even under a cover, you can prevent ice build-up in the first place. Of course, that’s not always going to be an option when you can keep your car out of the elements, no matter the season!
Don’t Use a Snow Shovel or Scraper on Your Car
There are two different ways you can scratch your car. First, you can accidentally scratch the car when you use a shovel or scraper to remove snow or ice. Even if you do manage to gently use the shovel, you have to remember the ice itself is sharp. You need to remove it carefully or it will scratch your car.
Do Wax Your Car after Every Wash
Keeping your car in the garage and getting it waxed is common sense, but a surprising number of people simply don’t do this. Waxing your car is doubly important if you have to keep your car outside year-round. The wax forms a protective layer of your car’s paint job having the dual effect of buffering against ice buildup while also providing a smooth surface for it to slide right off it if ice does accumulate on your vehicle. This is just one of the many benefits of waxing your car.
Don’t Pour Hot Water on Your Car
Hot water seems like the best solution because it can quickly melt ice, but when it comes to your car’s paint job, you’ll only crack the paint—and also the windshield if you apply to the windshield. The heat causes the ice to suddenly contract. Instead, use lukewarm water, this will help to slowly melt the ice plus the flow of the water will help to ease it off the car’s surface.
Do Hit the Car with Your Hand/Don’t use a Hammer
One of the easiest ways to get rid of ice car problems is the simplest—just your hand. Put a glove on and give your hood a medium-powered slap along the surface. However, don’t use any other tools like a hammer, bottom of an ice scraper on anything else. It’s hard to gauge how deep it actually is and you might accidentally put a large dent in your car.
Do Wash Your Car Regularly
During the winter, you might not want to wash your car as often. The problem is that ice can buildup in places you might not be able to see such as the roof, side panel and underneath the car. The ice may trap debris and other particles that may damage your car. For that reason, be sure to wash your car once every week or so so you can completely remove all the ice and any other items that may cause damage to the paint job.
Easy & Amazing Ice Car Solutions
Each year, many of us have to deal with ice and car problems. But with the right strategy, you can solve them in no time at all. Just follow these easy tips and you’ll be sure you’re car will always be looking great no matter what season it is! Head into one of our convenient locations and you can get your car washed in no time at all.