How to Protect Your Car in Winter When You Have No Garage
Mother Nature might have nasty winter in store for us. How will you protect your car from snow and sleet if there’s no garage to pull into? And how can you avoid spending an hour or more trying to clean off winter’s mess?
We’ve compiled a list of things you can do to better shield your car from winter’s harsh conditions.
Protect Your Garage-less Car
- Check Your Car’s Fluids
Make sure the fluids in your car maintain their proper levels, especially the antifreeze. Keep in mind that cold temperatures can impact oil viscosity. Your car’s manual may have recommendations specific to oil treatments or products during the winter months.
- Check the Battery
The first thing you should do to protect your car in the winter is to have its battery checked. Make sure your car’s battery is in good condition before the strains of winter task it. Any cracks in your battery will worsen in the winter, so just ensure it’s in good shape before the temperatures dip down past zero degrees Fahrenheit.
- Check Your Tire Pressure
Winter’s cold temperatures can cause the psi in your tires to drop. Check your owner’s manual to find the optimal psi for your car’s make and model and then frequently check the tire pressure throughout the season. Since they’ll be outside for long periods, your tires will be impacted more than those stored inside a garage in a consistently warmer temperature.
- Use Wax and Anti-Icing Sprays
Wax the body of your automobile before snow and ice arrive, if possible. Once or twice during the season should be plenty. Your car should be completely clean before applying wax. Over the years, automotive coatings have improved greatly, so your car’s paint should be fairly durable, but waxing can add an extra barrier and help it shine. (Stay tuned for news on a new NeverWet auto wax in the future!)
Anti-icing sprays should be used on your car’s locks and door mechanisms to help prevent ice buildup in those areas (and to help make sure you don’t get “ice-locked” out of your car).
Spray a rain repellent with hydrophobic properties to your windows and windshields to improve driving visibility through the winter and to help prevent water from remaining on your windshield where it can quickly form an ice crust. Superhydrophobic coatings can “push” water droplets off surfaces before they freeze.
- Keep Your Car Clean in Winter
One of the most important things you can do to protect your car during the winter is to keep it clean. The ice melt and salt used to keep roads clear will splash onto your automobile and possibly cause it to rust. Road salt is corrosive, and it can accelerate oxidation at any metal weak spots. Wash the underside, inside fender walls, bumper, etc., to get that ice melt off your car as soon as possible.
- Keep Your Car Covered
A car cover can serve as shelter from the elements when you have no garage. A car cover also acts as a barrier against dirt and debris that can cause scrapes and weak spots in your car’s paint. Car covers can help save you time by eliminating the need to sweep off snow or scrape ice off the windows.
NeverWet superhydrophobic technology helps Budge covers provided winter protection for vehicles, boats, motorcycles, snowmobiles, patio furniture, and more. Each cover is designed with our water-repelling technology for ultimate protection from rain and snow.
Winter Turns to Spring
When winter turns to spring, some of these tips can still come into play. With ice thaws creating muck and mud on the roadways, your car will benefit from wax. Your windows and windshields will benefit from our superhydrophobic glass treatment sprays as well. The NeverWet technology in Budge car covers will help protect your auto from dirt, mud, bird droppings, and tree sap.