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Fleet safety tip: Removing ice and snow from your vehicle

It’s a Monday morning and you’re running late. You’re just about to head out the door when you look out and window and see your vehicle covered in ice and snow. You might be tempted to just hop in and go – but the stress of the freezing temperature on your windshield could lead to disaster.

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Follow these tips to safely remove ice and snow from your vehicle:

  • Don’t take short cuts. Rushing your snow removal process can increase the risk of damage. During the colder months, stay up-to-date on the weather. If possible, park your vehicle in a covered area, or plan extra time before you leave to clear your vehicle safely.
  • Slowly heat the windshield. Cold glass is already under stress, and applying heat too quickly could make it worse. Start by turning on your car and setting the defrost fan to “low.” Give it at least five minutes to begin warming up.
  • Carefully remove the ice and snow. Use a plastic ice scraper and soft brush with a sweeping motion to clear the melting ice and snow. Be especially careful if you need to chip ice from the windshield. Too much force may cause the windshield to crack, especially in colder conditions.
  • Check the tailpipe. Make sure all ice and snow are removed from your tailpipe before you start the vehicle to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Thoroughly remove all snow. Be sure to remove all snow and ice before you head out on the road. Snow and ice flying off your moving vehicle can be dangerous for others on the road or block your view.

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