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Should I clean snow off my car?

After a winter storm, it’s very important that you take a time to clear the snow from your automobile. It all comes down to other drivers’ safety. We wouldn’t need any snow removal tips on how to remove snow from our cars if it weren’t for keeping people safe.

It’s crucial to remove the snow off your car, especially if you’ll be driving at highway speeds. If you leave snow or ice on your automobile, it may fly off and harm other cars, possibly shattering a windshield or leading to an accident. It also makes other drivers less visible.

Driving on a highway while ice and snow pieces are flying off your car is extremely risky. It might even be fatal. It’s exactly like tossing a rock at the windshield of the person behind you once the wind gets a hold of this stuff. That is unfortunate for everyone. A  person’s life or safety is more important than having a scratch-free car. Always make an effort to keep heavier accumulations of snow off your car while also doing your best to preserve the quality of the paint.

Winter precipitation is hard on your vehicle

The following is a list of snow removal safety tips. The secret is only to remove enough snow to remain safe and legal. Avoid attempting to achieve perfection because doing so will necessitate touching the paint. The ideal strategy is only to remove a little layer of snow, then allow your engine’s heat or the sun’s heat to do the rest.

Vehicles are harmed by winter, period. Our cars’ metal corrodes and disintegrates due to the road salt and brine that is used to keep the streets clear. To clear the snow, you have to take the chance of scratching your paint. When you try to start your car in temperatures much below zero, an apparently healthy battery may shock you when it doesn’t start. The winter season has a remarkable knack for damaging automobiles.

For those of us who use our vehicles year-round, the damage is unavoidable. We can only do our best to limit it and then restore them to their former brilliance in the spring.

So how should I get the snow off while protecting my car?

1. Melting instead of removing: The best thing for your paint is to wait for the snow and ice to melt rather than scraping it off. A public parking garage will do if you don’t have a garage at home. Except if you’re going to a place of business that just so happens to have indoor parking, this isn’t a very practical alternative for the majority of individuals.

2. Leaf Blower: It’s best to clear snow with a leaf blower. Without leaving any scratches or other damage, it can be incredibly effective in cleaning the snow off your paint. It essentially duplicates what the wind will do on the highway, with the exception that you won’t be blinding the drivers behind you. Because you don’t have to touch the car physically to remove snow, this method is by far the safest for the protection of your car. The snow itself is the only thing scratching your paint, which is still not ideal but is better than the alternatives.

However, there are drawbacks to utilizing a leaf blower. You might wish to refrain from using a noisy machine in the early morning hours to awaken all of your neighbors. The fact that blowing snow off your automobile doesn’t always work on snow with a heavier packing density may be its biggest drawback.

A leaf blower will be your best choice if the snow is light and fluffy. You shouldn’t even have to touch your car once to get nearly all of the snow off of it. You already know that touching your paint will scratch it.

3. Snow broom or brush: Again, your choice of tool isn’t important. Even if you have a stiff-bristled brush, you can wrap the bristles with a soft microfiber towel using elastic bands to hold it on. The key to using any type of brush, whether soft or hard-bristled, to remove snow is this – never let the brush touch your paint.

You want to hold the brush at least 1/4″ off the surface. This way you’ll remove the bulk of the snow (the dangerous part) and leave a thin layer behind. This is why your tool of choice doesn’t matter. If you’re using it properly, it should never actually touch your car; it will only touch the snow on top of your car.
If you follow these snow removal techniques, you’ll keep your favorite car in beautiful condition.

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