6 ways to protect your vehicle this winter

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Avoid damaging your vehicle

There are more hazards than just driving on the road in freezing conditions, here are 6 things you must know before you go out on the road to help prevent you from damaging your vehicle, causing a bigger hazard or even breaking the highway code.

Don’t pour boiling water on a frozen windscreen.

About to go to work? or do the school run? You go outside and your windscreen is frozen, its so important you do not use boiling hot water to remove the ice from your windscreen. The extreme change in temperatures (really cold to really hot) could result in a bigger issue, a cracked glass. De-icer spray works well Or even salt water.

Why salt water?

Saltwater freezes at a much lower temperature than normal which will melt the ice. This is why you see the winter service vehicles (salt trucks and plows). You could even use an old blanket to cover your windscreen through the night to prevent ice on the windscreen the next morning.

 

Only use a proper scraper to remove ice/snow from your windscreen.

If you decide to scrape ice or snow from your windscreen the best tool to use is an ice scraper. Using anything else can result in damages to your windscreen like permanent scratches. It’s a very bad idea to use anything else but an ice scraper because you will only see the damage once the ice has been removed which could also result in you getting a new windscreen!

Using things like your license, bank card, CD cover or anything with a metal edge you may find in your glove box could result in you damaging your windscreen with a lot of scratches becuase you have to press harder for it to get through the ice.

 

If your doors or windows are frozen don’t force them open.

Apart from the hazards with frozen windscreens its also common to have frozen doors and windows, if they are both frozen the best way around this is to try pouring warm water over the handle and the edge of the window, make sure this warm water is not boiling because this will result in cracking like the windscreens.

If you have a car that has electric windows and they are frozen the worse thing to do is keep pressing the button to bring it down. Doing this can result in you burning out the motor this could also result in a hole in your wallet. If you want to put your windows down the best thing to do is wait for the inside of your car to warm up.

 

Don’t let down your tyre pressure to increase grip when driving.

Most people get told to let down your tyres in icy and snowy conditions for better grip on the road. This is not true and in fact, youll lose some stability on the road which will make driving in horrible conditions worse.

Make sure to check your tyre pressure that it’s at a safe level through the horrible conditions because it can drop in cold weather. You may have heard of winter tyres, these can be pricey but will be worth the buy if you’re always driving in harsh icy conditions, these tyres are designed to give you better traction and braking in the snow and also wet conditions. So if you have the money for winter tyres then get them.

 

Don’t leave snow on the roof of your car.

 

Its so important to remove the snow from the top of your vehicle,  leaving snow on your roof is actually a violation of the highway code, why? Because when you break, that snow on your roof will then fall onto your windscreen obstructing your view.

People attend to do the windows/windscreen on their car and forget about the remaining snow on the roof. It’s important to remove this snow from the roof because this could also affect other road users, the snow on your roof could fly off hitting the vehicle behind covering their windscreen which could cause a crash.

You can also use Vehicle Smart https://www.getvehiclesmart.com to set reminders, such as your winter service, or remind yourself of your tyre pressures (which are different for winter) and much more.

 

 

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