The Proper Way to Dig Your Car Out After a Snow Storm


If you live in the Northeast, you know winter weather can strike any time between October and May. Getting slammed with an unwelcome snowstorm is no fun, and it’s even worse when you don’t have a garage to protect your car from the weather.

One key to making winter weather more tolerable is knowing the right way to dig your car out in the aftermath of a storm. Here’s how to do it without driving yourself crazy or damaging your paint job.

1. Get the Right Tools

Unless you want to decorate your car with a bunch of tiny lines, it’s a good idea to invest in a snow brush made of foam. These “snow brooms” push snow off without leaving scratches the way the nylon bristles on window brushes can, and they speed up the cleaning process. When you’re ready to tackle ice-covered glass, a scraper with a brass blade is the way to go.

Should you ever find yourself stuck without these tools, put on a sturdy pair of warm gloves and use your hands to clear away the snow. It may not be as fast, but it works!

2. Use the Defrosters

While it’s not a good idea to warm your car up for too long, running the defrosters while cleaning makes the whole process go faster. Make sure the exhaust pipe is clear of snow, start the car and get some heat on the front and rear windows. This will melt the bottom layer of the snow or ice coating the car so that you can remove it more easily. It’s also helpful if your windshield wipers are frozen to the window. Trying to pull them away too soon can cause damage to the blades, but once the glass is warmed up, you should be able to lift them without any trouble.