Driving during winter can result in massive damages to your car, besides making your driving experience difficult. However, you can stay safe and keep your car intact by taking precautions since going out is inevitable. At Franks Auto Credit, we not only deal in high-quality vehicles but also advise our clients on how to maintain their cars.
How to Prevent Ice and Snow Damage on your Car
First and foremost, avoid driving in the snow if it’s possible and only take the risk when the occasion necessitates it. Though the roads are filled with rock salt during winter for easy passage, this too has negative impacts on your tires. The following maintenance practices will protect your car from snow and ice damage during the chilly winter season:
When scraping off the ice from your windscreen, it’s crucial to avoid metallic brushes, or even worse, shovels. Such tools will scratch the paint and result in patches when you eventually clean the car. Don’t use hot water to melt the ice since a sudden temperature change could crack or deform the glass. If the windscreen wipers get stuck, don’t turn them on in that condition since it will tear off the rubber bands.
Ice buildup on the windscreen applies excessive weight and stress on the cold glass. In this situation, the windscreen can easily shatter the moment you switch on the engine. To prevent this, get rid of the snow and set the fan and defrost to “low” for the windshield to begin heating up gradually.
Car Body Maintenance
Ordinarily, car bodies are made of metal, which translates to corrosion under wet conditions. We recommend that you wax your car to protect it from rusting during winter, especially behind the wheels. This is because as the car is treading on the ice and rock salt, some accumulate behind the wheels, making these parts most susceptible to corrosion. Unburying your car out of the gigantic snow cocoon can be a daunting task. The essential thing is to scrape off the snow gently, leaving your car unscratched.
More precautions to take when driving during winter include:
- When visibility decreases to below 100m, the Highway Code permits switching on your fog lamps.
- In order to avoid skidding on slippery roads, ensure the tire tread depths are at least 3mm. If possible, have winter tires fitted to improve traction and drip.
- Check the oil levels and ensure that the screen wash has enough additive to keep it from freezing and consequently cracking the pipes.
While using metallic shovels to dig out snow seems to make the task quicker and less tiresome, it’s vital to apply extreme caution. With all these precautions and hints, your driving experience should be much safer. If you’re in need of quality used Cars, Mini Vans, Trucks, or SUVs, contact Frank’s Auto Credit for a great deal. Our vehicles are safety inspected and any necessary repairs are done before they’re offered for sale.