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How to Clear Snow off Your Car, Plus Why Your Car Vibrates After a Winter Storm

Snow Covered CarDriving after a snowstorm is stressful. You need to spend time scraping ice off your roof and windshield, and you may be nervous about commuting on the icy roads.

To make matters worse, once you climb into your car and head off to your destination, it is common for your vehicle to vibrate. To find out what causes this phenomenon and to learn our technique for deicing your car, keep reading.

Why Does Your Car Vibrate After a Snowstorm?

When you finally get into your vehicle, there’s a good chance your car will vibrate, especially when you accelerate to higher speeds.

While these may seem serious, there’s no need to be alarmed. The shakiness is caused by ice and snow that is packed unevenly into your wheels. All you need to do is wait until the snow melts, but if the shakiness really bothers you, you can dig it out from under your vehicle.

Before you hop behind the wheel after a big snow, you’ll want to make sure your car is free of any snow that could impede your visibility and the visibility of others on the road. Below, you will find our five steps to clearing away the snow from your car.

How to Clear Ice and Snow off Your Car After a Storm

  1. Be Prepared. Well before the snowstorm, make sure you have a snow brush for your car. A double-ended tool with a brush on one side, and an ice scraper on the other, works well here. Prior to the storm, it’s also a good idea to lift the wiper blades from your windshield, so it is easier to clear off your windshield in the morning and so the blades don’t freeze to your car.
  2. Fire it Up. Start your car and turn on your back and front window defroster. Adjust the sun visors in front of your car so they are perpendicular to the ground. This keeps the air circulating near your windshield.
  3. Raise the Roof. Make sure you brush the snow off the roof. Skipping this step is illegal in most states, and since it can cause snow to fly onto other drivers’ windshields, it isn’t safe.
  4. Continue the Process. Clear off the rest of the car. After you clear off the roof, work your way down the windows, hood, trunk, and lights. Use straight strokes, and think of pulling, not pushing, the snow off your car.
  5. Make Sure You Can See. Scrape the windshield, if necessary. You don’t want to drive with ice here!

For tips on driving in winter weather, check out this post. Stay safe on the roads!

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