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Deicing Your Car

Posted on December 18th, 2015

 

TravelingTips for Deicing Your Car

 

 

 

 

 

-Door Locks

  • Lock Deicer using this product is better than using hand sanitizer, because it is made for your locks and won’t cause erosion with in thede-icer lock and the rubber seals. If you don’t have Lock Deicer than using hand sanitizer won’t hurt once, but it isn’t something that you should use every time.

-Start your car

  • Once you are in your car start it and let it run for about 5-10 minutes without revving the engine and trying to increase the RPMs, there is no difference between just letting your car idol and revving the engine.  Your car will warm up in the same amount of time.
  • Turn on your defrost setting once you start your car, and get our your ice scrapper and possible solutions to help reduce the time of getting the ice off and on the road.

-Ice scraper

  • If you park outside this is something you should probably have either in your glove box or perhaps depending on where you live on your key ring or in your purse.

-Spray bottle full of water with a few drops of dish soap and a little salt will lower the freezing temperature of the ice on your windshield, allowing for it to melt a little quicker.

-low tire pressure light

  •  Sometimes this comes on due to the temperature changing the pressure of the air inside your tire. Don’t panic unless you can really tell a difference in the tire, suggesting that you have something inside the tire like a screw or a nail or just tire wear that is causing leak.  If there is no obvious sign of pressure change, you should see the light turn off by about mid-day as the temperature increases.
  • If your tire pressure light remains on try adding the correct amount of air to all tires and then drive about one mile, this is the usual setting for most modern cars. If the light remains on still it is time to check the batteries in your tire pressure sensors to ensure they are still working properly.  Recommend checking with your local certified automotive repair shop to ensure that they are working properly and it isn’t something else causing the problem.

Tire chains… or Snow Tires?

  • Tire chains are the more economical way to go especially if you are just trenching through snow once or twice.  However, investing in a good set of snow tires if you are headed into an area of the country that expects increased amounts of snow would be beneficial.