Tips on Protecting Your Conversion Van from Snow and Ice

January 14th, 2014 by

protecting your vanWinter is probably the harshest time of the year. Protecting your conversion van form ice and snow can be a very difficult task. Cars do not take to snow very well. There are many vehicle problems that occue as the snow begins to fall. Those issues include foggy windshields, frozen pipes, a malfunctioning heater, or a cranky engine. Vehicle owners are sometimes at a loss on how to protect their van against snow damage. One of the best things you can do for this situation is to detail your van and then put it in storage. This is the only way that you can keep it out of the snow to keep all these damaging things from happening to your van.

If you still want to be able to utilize your van during the wintertime, you will need to prep it properly. This depends on your location as well. Here are a few things that you can try:

* Use snow tires – Sometimes your car can still fishtail on slick roads even if you have brand new tires. This is because the tire treads cannot handle the melted snow, road dirt, or road salt. The white blanket of snow covering the blacktop is not as clean as people think it is. Snow tires can provide you with that much needed traction. It can help your van stay on the road as well as in the correct lane. This will also help lower your chances of getting into an accident during the winter. These tires can protect your van from potential damage.

* Avoid using a metal or plastic shovel for digging out your vehicle – Sharp metal or plastic objects are the worst things that can be put next to a vehicle when you are trying to unbury it from the snow. If you want to get the worst part of the snow out of the way, it is best to use your hands and feet. You can end up gouging your vehicle with a metal or plastic shovel. You do not want to speed up the oxidation surface. Try to lift the ice up with your hands rather than pushing the ice off if the vehicle is iced over in some places. The bottom of the ice sheet may leave little scratches on your van if you push the ice off.

* Avoid parking your vehicle out in the open – Do not park your vehicle near or underneath a tree. There is a possibility that the snow can break a bough causing it to land right on your vehicle. You should leave your van in the garage overnight. This will keep it from freezing out in your driveway or parking space the next morning in case you need to use it.

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