Ways to Prepare Your Car For a Snowstorm

Seasonal - Winter
By: ListMaker    
11-Feb-2011

Introduction:If you're lucky enough to have lead time before that winter storm hits, you should know some ways to prepare your car for a snowstorm in order to make it easier to get back on the road.

Even if you're blessed with a garage and your car can stay safe and sound and protected from the harsh winter weather, the below tips will still help you get around in the snow and will protect your car in the case when you can't get it under shelter.

  • 01

    If You Don't Have a Garage, Park Your Car In the Open and Away from Trees

    Although it might take you longer to clear your car of ice and snow when you park in the open, do not park your car under tree branches. Even if you have the largest and mightiest of oak trees, a heavy enough snow will make them shed weaker branches and could easily damage a car parked underneath.

  • 02

    Properly Prepare Your Tires

    A slightly under inflated car tire will give you better traction than a fully inflated tire so go ahead and let 5 lbs or so of air out of your tire. Just make sure you refill your tires to their recommended inflation once the snowstorm has passed.

    If you live in a rural area, go ahead and outfit your car tires with chains right before the storm to save our fingers from being frozen later. Just don't drive on dry pavement with tire chains!

  • 03

    Pull Wiper Blades Away from the Windshield

    Especially if ice is forecast for your snowstorm, pulling your windshield wipers out and away from the windshield glass will make it easier to clear them of ice and snow. You'll also save the rubber on your windshield wipers if you don't allow them to freeze to the windshield.

  • 04

    Cover Your Windshield

    It's worthwhile to buy a tarp and cover most of your car to shield it from the snow but, if the snowstorm dumps enough snow, a tarp is fairly useless as you won't be able to budge it. Instead, get a few flat pieces of cardboard and put them over the outside of your windshield so that you can easily remove them and the snow and ice in one fell swoop. Cardboard is a lot easier to remove than a tarp.

  • 05

    Fill Your Gas Tank

    On top of adding additional weight (resulting in better traction), keeping a full gas tank will prevent any watered down gas to freeze inside the tank, rendering your car useless.




Final Thoughts

Properly preparing your car for a snowstorm will save you time and headache when you get the urge to relieve your cabin fever.


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