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Prepare Your Vehicle For An Ice Storm

ice storm car preparation
First and foremost, you should know better than to drive in a snow storm. You should have everything you need right where you are, so you don't have to go anyplace. Also, be cautious where you are so you don't have to do things like go to the hospital after you've gotten rid of your fear of being stuck inside the car.

Having said that, there are a few reasons why you should get in your automobile during an ice storm. In the event of a power outage, you may need to utilize the automobile adapter to charge your phone or laptop. You may also require the usage of a power inverter to power a critical item. Alternatively, your car's heater might be your only source of warmth.

In any case, there are a few things you can do to preserve your car, make it accessible during an ice storm, and prevent it from ice and cold damage. Let's have a look at a few pointers:

  • Fill up your tank. You must operate the engine if you need the automobile to recharge your devices, provide warmth, or serve as a generator. Of course, this necessitates the use of gasoline. Not just for ice storms, but for all preparedness, a full tank is a must.
  • Move your car to a safe location, which may be an area with no objects that may fall on it during an ice storm, such as parts of trees, and the like.
  • Pre-treat your locks so they don't freeze in cold weather. You can do this by lubricating them with WD-40 beforehand. Simply insert the nozzle and spray. If they're still frozen, gently warm your door key with a lighter to assist melt the ice when you insert it into the keyhole.
  • Protect your car with a cover. In the event of an ice storm, a layer of ice will build all over your car, making it impossible to open the doors or windows. Keeping your automobile accessible all of the time by covering it with a tarp or other cover is a good idea. Just make sure the tarp or cover is securely fastened so it doesn't blow away in the wind.
  • Warm up the engine block. In extreme cold, your radiator's anti-freeze may be pushed to its limits, and your engine block may shatter. Alternatively, your battery may freeze, preventing the engine from starting at all. One idea is to connect an extension wire out to your car and put a drop lamp with a 75 to 100 watt bulb -- if you can still locate any -- under the hood to provide just enough heat to keep everything from freezing solid. Alternatively, you may connect a connection to your engine and cover it with an electric blanket or heating pad.


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