Mastering Snow and Ice: A Guide to Safely Clearing Your Car

Winter’s chill brings more than just beautiful snow-covered landscapes; it also brings the challenge of dealing with snow and ice buildup on your vehicle. At Griffin Autos, we understand the importance of safe winter driving, which starts with a properly cleared car. In this blog post, we’ll share expert tips on how to effectively remove snow and ice from your vehicle, along with the proper tools and techniques.


Start with the Right Tools

Before you embark on clearing your vehicle, ensure you have the right tools at your disposal. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Snow Brush: Opt for a sturdy snow brush with a long handle to reach all parts of your vehicle, including the roof.
  • Ice Scraper: A reliable ice scraper with a sharp blade is crucial for removing stubborn ice from your windows and windshield.
  • De-Icing Spray: Keep a quality de-icing spray handy to quickly melt ice from your windows, locks, and handles.
  • Snow Shovel: In case of heavy snowfall, having a shovel can be invaluable for clearing around your vehicle.


Clear Snow from All Surfaces

Begin by clearing the snow from your vehicle’s roof, windows, hood, and trunk. Neglecting to remove snow from the roof can lead to hazardous situations on the road, as it can dislodge and obstruct the vision of drivers behind you.


Tackle Ice Buildup

Start your engine and turn on the defrost function to warm up the interior. While waiting, use the ice scraper to gently remove ice from your windshield and windows. Be careful not to apply excessive force, as this can damage the glass.


Don’t Forget the Mirrors and Lights

Clear your side mirrors and headlights to ensure visibility from all angles. Use the snow brush to gently remove snow, and the ice scraper for any ice buildup.


Open Sesame

If your door locks or handles are frozen, use a de-icing spray to thaw them. Avoid using hot water, as it can refreeze quickly in cold temperatures.


Clear Around the Tires

Ensure that the area around your tires is clear of snow and ice. This will prevent interference with your tires’ rotation and improve traction.


Safety First

While clearing your car, always exercise caution. Watch for slippery surfaces, and be mindful of passing traffic.


Regular Maintenance Matters

Remember that keeping your vehicle in good condition throughout the winter is crucial. Ensure that your defrost system, wipers, and lights are all in working order.



Clearing your vehicle of snow and ice is not only a safety necessity but also a legal requirement in many regions. By following these tips and using the right tools, you can keep your car in prime condition for winter driving. At Griffin Autos, we’re here to support you in all your automotive needs. If you have any questions or need assistance with winter maintenance, don’t hesitate to reach out by calling us on 01525 402896 or by filling out our online contact form.

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