Tips For De-Icing Your Car

December 7, 2018

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Snow is beautiful when it first falls. It's bright white and makes the leafless trees look amazing. But soon reality sets in, and you have to shovel it from the driveway and sidewalks. Plus there's dealing with cleaning off your car. 

After the snow, sleet, and ice is done falling there are things we must do like shovel the sidewalks, driveway, and dig the car out. Dealing with a car after a winter storm is the WORST!!! I grew up in Northeast PA, so I have done my fair share of digging.

I think what's worse about the storm we just had was the sleet and freezing rain. Digging out inches of snow around the car is one thing, but de-icing the car is a whole other beast.

Here are some tips from AAA on getting the job done.

  • For frozen door locks, use a hair dryer to heat the key.
  • You can also purchase de-icer products to spray into the lock, but don’t combine heat with the lock de-icer as it is flammable.
  • Never apply water to frozen locks.
  • Lift windshield wiper blades away from the glass to prevent them from freezing to the windshield. Do not use wiper blades to clean ice from windshield it will damage the rubber on the blade.
  • Keep your gas tank above the half-tank level to ensure you have extra “running time” in case of a breakdown.

Well, it looks like I will be heading out with a hair dryer in hand. I do have remote start on my car, so I am hoping that will make the job a bit easier...please.


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