Tips to help keep you and your vehicle safe if you must drive in icy conditions

By: Kristen Shanahan Email
By: Kristen Shanahan Email

GRAYSON COUNTY, TX -- Authorities are advising everyone who can to stay off the roads, but for those of us who absolutely have to drive to work there are some tips to keep you and your vehicle safe.

Friday dozens of Texomans walked outside to find their vehicles blanketed with ice and snow, and their doors frozen shut.

"I took hot water and poured over the door opening to melt the ice so I could get into start it up and let it heat up," driver Greg Roberts said.

Sears Auto Tech Marcus Stephens says that is okay, but never run hot water over glass when it is iced over.

"Don't pour hot water over your windows, it can cause them to crack," Stephens said.

Once you get into your vehicle...

"I would suggest starting it, turning on your window defrosters, and just let it run for 15 to 20 minutes let the vehicle get warm, " Stephens said.

But make sure your exhaust pipe is clear before you even start the engine.

"Make sure it's clear to prevent CO2 from getting back into your car. If it builds up in the engine compartment a lot of vehicles get the cabin air through the engine compartment, or right above the engine compartment," Stephens said.

Stephens says Carbon Monoxide can not only damage your motor, it could make you sick, even kill you.

"If you feel that you've backed into a snow bank or into the ice build up then you might want to get out and look and make sure that you haven't packed it in to your tailpipe, Stephens said.

Stephens stresses you should avoid driving in these conditions if possible because it is dangerous, but it can also be costly.

"As bad as the roads are there can be some of the plastic underneath your car (that) does risk getting tore up." Stephens said. "The ice is basically the consistency of concrete out there and it will hit and break the plastic."

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