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Steve Wiley’s Car Care Tips For An Ice Storm


We’re experiencing unusual weather for our part of the country, to say the least. Ice storms present a lot of the same problems that hurricanes do, power outages hazardous driving conditions & water issues. Let’s reemphasize hazardous driving conditions. If you have a four-wheel drive vehicle, that won’t help you on ice covered roads. I don’t recommend driving today. If you absolutely must, here are a few tips. Allow a lot of extra time. Avoid bridges & overpasses. Slow down. Steering & braking need to be slow & gentle. Auto parts stores (if you can find an open one) have windshield washer fluid for sub freezing temperatures. If not, put rubbing alcohol in your windshield washer. Some people have suggested vinegar on social media. I’m not sure what that’s supposed to accomplish.  If you can’t park your car in a protected place, cover the windshield & mirrors. Monday night, I parked my car facing the wind, put a plastic shower curtain on the windshield, and tied shopping bags on the mirrors. When I removed the shower curtain, it shredded in the wind. (Oops!) I’ll use a sheet tonight. I’ve lived on the front range of Colorado, in the Adirondack Mountains of Northern New York, and here in Southern Louisiana. Having experienced blizzards, hurricanes, & Ice storms, this is the kind of weather I hate the most. It’s a good day for watching movies.

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