Is it cold? Yes. Do you want to spend all morning cleaning off the car? No. Here are some pointers on how to do it as quickly as possible so you can have some more hot coffee before heading off to the daily grind.
Step 1: If you park your car in a driveway, as opposed to on the street or in a lot, get ready for the storm by parking as close the street as you can get, but be mindful not to block the sidewalk. When you do this, you don’t have to get up extra early to shovel the whole driveway to get out. You can clear the driveway when you want to. Plus, if you aim to remove that snow later, the sun might help take care of some that by the time you get to it.
Step 2: Clear snow from around your tires before you get to shoveling the rest of the driveway. Also, while you are down there, be sure your exhaust pipe is free from any snow buildup. If that is blocked, it could lead to a carbon monoxide buildup inside the car when you turn it on. And that stuff is deadly.
Step 3: Gently start to remove the snow from your car with a non-abrasive broom or foam brush. Improper snow removal techniques are a common cause of scratches in your car’s paint. Even a nylon brush can, over time, leave many little scratches in the finish that become visible when the car is washed and the sun is shining on it. And, for goodness sake, please don’t try to remove the snow with a shovel. (Yes, some people actually try this.) If you use a shovel, you are setting yourself up from some serious scratches that will lead to some serious bills at your local body shop.
Step 4: Start the snow removal at the top of the car. Work your way down from the roof, to the windows, to the trunk/hood, to the lights, and bumpers. Pulling the snow, rather than pushing it, gives you more control. Try your best to keep your swipes in a straight line. This technique helps prevent accidental scratches from being as visible.
Step 5: Know when to good enough is good enough. You don’t have to brush off every single snowflake. Turn up the heat and defroster and let the heat from the engine do some of the work. If, for some reason, that is not doing a good enough job, then you’ll want to stop driving and finish what is left. It’s worth noting that driving around with too much snow on your car is a hazard. In some cases, it’s even illegal.
If you or someone you know is in need of commercial snow removal services, don’t hesitate to contact us online or give us a call at (517) 990-0110 today!