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As the cold winter weather approaches and the air is becoming more brisk, you may have even experienced a snowfall or two. One concern that many face during the harsh winter conditions is keeping your vehicle safe from the ice, snow, and freezing temperatures. By leaving a car outside during the winter and failing to take good care of it, you are risking a shorter life span as well as color fading and paying more money in the long run to fix problems that could have been avoided if you had followed the right procedures to keep your car safe from harsh weather conditions. If your area gets a lot of snow, it’s important to wash the salt from your car, as it can erode paints and metals over long periods of time. You should also keep your car covered with a cover or a carport, and it’s always important to keep up on maintenance.

Wash the salt from your car

If you live in an area prone to snowfall, you probably have had experience with salting the roads in order to prevent ice from forming. While salt is a great safety measure, it can erode paint and metal from your car and can often be unsightly. If you don’t have access to a hose, take a towel and some warm water and simple wipe the salt off before it has the chance to build up.

Keep your car covered

There are various covers out there that will fit all different types of cars. Car covers are in inexpensive way to keep your car safe from rough winter conditions if you do not have access to a garage or carport. These covers are often heavy duty, made of a tarp-like material. While it protects the hood, roof, and sides of your car, it does not provide protection for the under part.

Use a garage or carport

If you have access to a garage or carport, it’s important to take full advantage! While most people use the garage for storage, it’s worth it to clean out your garage in the fall in order to keep your car safe during the winter. Carports are a great way to keep your car out of the snow and provide full protection from the harsh winter weather conditions.

Keep up on maintenance

While this is important in any season, it’s especially important in the winter to keep up on the maintenance of your car. For example, if your tire treads are low, or you have a leak in your anti-freeze, you may risk your safety by letting these things go. You may even end up saving money in the long run by taking care of these things ahead of time!

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