Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Snow, ice and your car
As we’re expecting another foot and a half of the stuff tonight the cheeky Cockney car-insurance gecko has these helpful hints:
Protect your windshield after Mother Nature’s frosting
  • The cardinal rule for de-icing your windows? Hot water is a no-no, unless you like that shattered-glass look.
  • To begin, start your car and turn on the front and rear defrosters to help soften the ice and snow. It will also help warm up your car while you work.
  • When you’re ready to begin scraping the ice, opt for a plastic ice scraper. Plastic scrapers are less likely to damage or scratch the surface of the glass. I’ve got an electric one.
  • Your wipers weren’t made for heavy lifting. Use them only after you’ve completely cleared off the snow and ice from your windshield.
  • Make sure your car has plenty of windshield-washer fluid before you get out on the slush-, salt- and sand-covered roads.
How to take your car from snow-packed to road-worthy
  • First things first... you want the snow off your car but you probably want to save the paint. Opt for brushes designed for auto snow removal and leave the shovel in the shed. I use the shovel: mea culpa.
  • Whatever you do, don’t talk about the war forget the roof! Take a top-down approach: First, clear the roof. Then work your way down to the hood and trunk.
  • Don’t forget to brush off your mirrors, head- and taillights and license plates.
  • Carbon monoxide is no laughing matter, so check your tailpipe to be sure it’s free of snow whenever your car is running.
When you are ready to hit the road, shovel around your wheels and under the front and rear bumpers to clear away any snow. And above all, as they used to say on “Hill Street Blues,” please be careful out there.

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