For many people, buying a car is an important part of their life. Many of us need a working vehicle to get us to and from work and without one we would be lost. This is one reason it is so surprising that so many people fail to take care of their vehicles after they have brought them home. Did you know, for example, that many individuals consider “car maintenance” to be akin to something like putting gas in the car and putting it through a car wash every now and then? The fact of the matter is that cars require care in order to remain in good condition. Winter car care is especially important, as the cold weather and all that comes with it could really have a negative impact upon your vehicle if you are not careful. Let’s look at three ways you can safely defrost your car.
The Importance of Careful Defrosting
It is very important to defrost your car slowly and safely if you would like it to remain in working order for a long time to come. Forcing the car to defrost before it is ready, or driving it too quickly (before it has fully thawed) can lead to serious issues in a number of areas. To be safe, and to be kind to your vehicle, pay special attention to your winter car maintenance. Make sure that you give yourself enough time to get from point A to point B without forcing your car to move faster than it needs to be going. Pay especially close attention to how quickly your car defrosts, too, and allot for that time in your daily commute.
Defrosting Tip #1: Use the Controls
If you have a new car, chances are good that you have specially labelled buttons or features that tell you explicitly how to defrost your vehicle, as well as when the process is complete. In older vehicles, however, the issue is not quite as obvious. If you have an older car, then you should know that you can still use the controls to defrost it. Turn your temperature as hot as it will go, turn the fan on high, turn on the controls on the button that looks like a folding fan (it’s actually air blowing through the vents and onto the windshield), and run your car for a little while. After that, you should be good to go!
Defrosting Tip #2: Ice Scraper
If the ice on your car becomes too much for your controls to manage, an ice scraper can help you get things ready to go. Keep one in your vehicle to help quickly clear away snow and ice from your car.
Defrosting Tip #3: De-Icer
Pick up some de-icer and keep it in your vehicle. This works incredibly well to get through the ice and finish the defrosting process quickly.
When winter falls, make sure that you stay up to date with your winter car care. Help it stay warm, dry, and properly de-iced in order to make it through the colder months unscathed.