How to De-Ice Your Windshield Quickly

Frozen Windshield | Clay, NY

With the holiday season in full swing here in Clay, New York, winter’s messiest weather is just around the corner. The last thing you want to encounter during a chilly morning is a windshield covered in ice. Thankfully, there are a number of ways to de-ice your windshield quickly.

Use De-Icer Spray

During New York winters, an effective de-icer spray can be your best friend. You can go out and purchase one of the many de-icer sprays available at most retail locations. Or make your own de-icer spray at home using saltwater, as it has a lower freezing point that fresh water.

Heat Up Your Car From the Inside

The inside of your car will be just as cold as the exterior. Therefore, heating up the interior of your car can help you start to warm your vehicle’s glass surfaces, which will make the de-icing go faster.

Chip Away at the Ice

Use caution when using an ice scraper to remove ice from your car’s windows. This will prevent you from scraping or denting the glass during the process.

Here at Sharon Chevrolet, we wish everyone in Clay a safe and warm winter. Remember to call us to schedule your vehicle’s seasonal service appointment if you haven’t done so yet.

Winter Emergency Kit Essentials for your Chevy

Broken Down Car | Clay, NY

Winter is quickly approaching, and it’s time to prepare your Chevy for the cold months ahead. New York winters can be harsh at best, and dangerous at worst. Stocking your vehicle with the supplies you need to stay safe will give you peace of mind in harsh driving conditions. Here are a few winter emergency kit essentials worth storing in your Chevy.

An LED flashlight

If you find yourself stranded in the dark, a flashlight can be a life-saving tool. Make sure your emergency kit contains at least one flashlight, and that its batteries are fresh.

Jumper cables

As any driver knows, jumper cables are an absolutely essential addition to your vehicle’s emergency kit. Having your own set of cables on hand is great for restarting a stubborn battery.

A warm blanket

In a worst-case scenario, you may be stuck in a broken-down car for many long hours. Having an old blanket in your trunk can literally be a life saver. It’s also wise to keep an extra hat and set of gloves on hand.

A small shovel

If your vehicle gets stuck in the snow, your first instinct may be to dig yourself out with your bare hands. However, this is to be avoided, as extended exposure to the snow can lead to all kinds of nasty afflictions. Having a small or foldable shovel in your emergency kit will save you a lot of grief if the worst should happen.

An extra phone charger

In the event of an emergency, having the ability to call for help could save your life. Always keep an extra phone charger handy, and make sure your phone is charged during commutes through harsh weather.

For more winter-preparation tips, visit us at Sharon Chevrolet in Clay, New York, today.