Driving your car in the winter months can become a hassle, especially when temperature drops below freezing. It brings rain, ice, sleet, and snow. Below I have listed some great winter car hacks you did not know you needed.
Winter Car Hacks!
- Toothpaste: Defog your headlights and improve visibility by using toothpaste and a toothbrush. A little elbow grease goes a long way.
- Shaving Cream: This one is easy and prevents fog. Simply wipe onto your interior windows and wipe off with a cloth. Shaving cream is made of the same stuff as commercial de-foggers.
- Kitty Litter: Not only is it useful for traction if you get stuck, but also to prevent fog. Just fill a an old sock of stocking with some and this will absorb any moisture within your car than can cause fog.
- Chalk Board Eraser: wipe interior windows to remove fog and absorb moisture.
- Pam: Yep you saw that right! Spray a little Pam cooking spray on the edges of your doors and wipe down with a paper towel to prevent your doors from freezing shut.
- Vinegar: De-ice your windshield quickly with a mixture of three parts vinegar to one part water. Spay the mixture on your windshield and wait. The same mixture can be used at night to prevent ice from occurring.
- Hand Sanitizer: In a pinch is can be used to de-ice your car lock or handle.
- Freezer Bags: Use them to cover your side mirrors at night and use a rubber band to secure.
- Old Socks: I have found a new use for all those unpaired socks you have. Use them to cover your shoes for extra traction if you have to push your car in the snow or ice. You can also use them to protect your windshield wiper blades. Lift your blades away from the windshield and cover with socks, leave overnight
- Park Facing East: The Sun rises in the east and this can help defrost your windshield in cold weather without any physical work.
One More Thing
With winter weather you car gets all sorts of different chemicals on it, from deicers to road salts. It is important to take your car through a car wash and have the undercarriage cleaned. This will help decrease the chance of damage due to these chemicals. I hope you learned a few tips to help you through the winter. If you have any hacks of your own, please comment below.