Little of the snow that fell Wednesday night into Thursday morning and accumulated on your car has vanished.
In fact, depending on how much sun your car gets during daylight hours, that once powdery snow may now be a thick slab of ice frozen onto the hood, roof and trunk lid of your car.
Not only is it potentially dangerous and unsightly, you could be setting yourself up for a citation from law enforcement
N.C. State Highway Patrol 1st Sgt. David Oglesby says motorists who fail to clean snow and ice off their vehicles prior to getting on the road risk a citation if that material suddenly releases into the air and collides with another vehicle.
“The fine is similar to that of failing to secure a load properly and could cost the motorist more than $200,” Oglesby said.
He recommends motorists take the time before driving to clear and snow or ice that has accumulated on the car.
It’s never recommended to pour hot or even warm liquid onto the metal or glass components of a vehicle but rather use the car’s engine heat to slowly but methodically warm the vehicle from the inside out. Garden tools that are great for toiling the soil are a no-no for removing snow because they can damage the car’s paint and shatter windows and other glass and plastic components. Area hardware and auto stores have a plethora of items that can handle the job safely and efficiently.
Kenny Lagasse, commercial parts manager for Advance Auto in Swansboro, began noticing ice scrappers, anti-freeze and deicer fluids jumping off the shelf on Tuesday in advance of Winter Storm Grayson.
“A snow broom is recommended to remove snow and ice from a car. Its bristles are strong enough to push the snow off without damaging the paint,” Lagasse said Thursday morning. The brooms begin at $10 and move up in price according to size and length.
Now that you have the tops and sides cleared of snow, there’s one other important surface that needs attention. The undercarriage of the car becomes exposed to road salts and other chemicals applied to road surfaces in the days leading up to the storm. These chemicals, if left unwashed from the car’s belly, can cause corrosion.
Local detail shops and self-serve car washes can eliminate some of these nuisances.
While most area car washes surveyed by The Daily News were closed Thursday morning, their self-serve bays provided opportunity for do-it-yourselfers to clean their ride of frozen matter and harsh roadway chemicals. At the Valvoline Express Care Car Wash on Corbett Avenue in Swansboro a basic wash costs $5 but doesn’t get the grime and grit underneath the car. Beginning at $10, a “Supreme Wash” will clean the undercarriage and for $2 more the “Combination Wash” will do all of that plus give a high pressure blast to the wheels and rocker panel.
Reporter Mike McHugh can be reached at 910-219-8455 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.