Eddie spent 35 years in the automotive business with Honda. He is an ASE Certified Master Technician and has bruised knuckles to prove it.
Living in an area of the U.S. that gets over 4 feet of snow per season on average, you need the best extendable snow brush possible. The funny thing is, the best extendable snow brush is not a brush at all, it's a reinforced foam pad, and it's great for removing one inch to one foot of snow with ease. This extendable snow broom (yes, it's called a snow broom) is the best invention I have seen for removing snow off of vehicles since I have been in the automotive business.
Working at an automobile dealership is not an easy job after a snowstorm: we need to clean off every car—running and not running—that is in the parking lot for sales or service. The inventory can sometimes exceed over 500 vehicles. After cleaning off about 20 vehicles, your shoulder feels like it is about to start on fire or just fall off.
Before this new snow broom was introduced to the car dealerships, we used those little snow brushes with an ice scraper on the end. On average, it would take about five to seven minutes per car. With the new snow broom, that time was cut down to two minutes or less per car. That doesn't sound exciting to you until you have to clean off over 500 vehicles. Now that sounds exciting!
Showing Off My Extendable Snow Broom
Every time I use my snow broom in public, I have someone come up to me and ask where I bought it. Five years ago, the only place you could buy a snow broom was through a vendor at the dealership; now you can find them in automotive stores everywhere and online.
The snow broom has come a long way since the first one was introduced to the marketplace. The first snow broom was a reinforced foam pad attached to a wooden handle; this made it hard to stow away in your vehicle, especially if you have a small vehicle.
The new snow broom has a telescopic handle and the pad is removable. The handle is snapped onto the side of the foam pad for easy storing. I have also found some snow brooms that had a pad that was hinged at the end of the pole. That style snow broom did not perform so well in the heavy snow; I broke it in one season.
I still have the original snow broom with the wooden handle, I use it to clean the snow off my hot tub, and the foam pad is great because it won't damage the material on the hot tub cover or the paint on your car.
The Snow Broom/Brum
Why Use a Snow Broom?
The reason the snow broom is better than a snow brush is that the foam pad does not bend like the bristles on a brush. Another great feature is the foam pad does not trap snow. A brush will trap snow in the bristles; then you put it in your car and the snow melts, getting your carpet soaked. Or better yet, the trapped snow freezes into a block of ice, and you scratch the heck out of your paint the next time you use it, like when you're getting out of work after a snowy day.
The snow broom is the way to go when cleaning snow off any vehicle. The extendable pole is great for reaching the top of your vehicle. I'm short, and I drive an SUV. It's impossible to clear the snow from the roof with a regular snow brush unless you have a ladder, and it's not too often I have my trusty ladder with me in a snow storm. Having an extendable pole on the snow broom is a life saver, especially if you're short like me.
Clean the Car Roof
Don't be that person driving down the highway with a foot of snow on your car. Clean it off. Not only is it dangerous for the vehicles behind you, it can damage your vehicle and impair your view when it slides off the roof onto the hood when you come to a stop. How many times have you seen a vehicle come to a stop, and the snow on the roof slides forward onto the hood of the vehicle? Sometimes it will break the windshield wiper clean off the vehicle. What a mess that turns out to be: now you can't even clear the windshield because your windshield wiper is broken, and it will cost even more money to fix your wipers.
If you're looking for a fast and easy way to clean the snow off your car, the best snow brush is the snow broom: it's easy to use and set up, it won't collect snow, and it's easy to stow away in your trunk or back seat. The extendable pole helps you reach those hard-to-reach places if you're short or you just have a tall vehicle like a van or SUV.
Snow-Pro in Action
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on January 04, 2014:
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Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on December 14, 2013:
Hi Renee, yes, you can get them at any autoparts store, they have several different brands, I recommend getting the one that has a telescopic pole and a removable head ( which most of them do)for easy storage in your vehicle and during the summer.You must live in the North East like me, you're getting ready for the storm, lol.
Renee on December 14, 2013:
What is the specific name for this broom? I've seen several brands on the web. Can you get them through local stores? 12/14/2013
Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on February 17, 2013:
You should visit New England, we just got 24'' and Mass and Conn, got anywhere from 30''- 40'', The blizzard of 2013 :) we need that kind of snow brush around here!! Couldn't deal with winter without it,Ya think? lol. Thanks for the comment Jen.
jen on February 16, 2013:
wow.. I never seen that much snow anywhere!
Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on December 31, 2011:
Hello Millionaire Tips, yes, having the telescopic pole is a life saver for me because I can never reach the roof, lol. Thanks for taking the time to comment, Happy New Year!
Shasta Matova from USA on December 31, 2011:
This is great! I used to always buy the short brush/scraper to clean off my windshield, because I have a garage and don't have to clean off my windshield very often. But I learned about the longer ones, and finally got one at an end of the year clearance. I was very impressed with it. It is an investment, and it keeps my coat clean since I am not getting as close to the car to get to the center of the car.