11 Car Hacks To Help You Win At Winter

Oct 19, 2015 -- 4:19pm


Park Facing East
Since the sun rises in the east, it will naturally defrost your windshield in the morning so you won't be stuck scraping ice in the freezing cold.

Thaw Your Key
When it's extra cold out your car's locks can freeze up, impeding you from getting into your vehicle. Try using a lighter or matches to heat your key in order to thaw out the lock. Just be careful as that key will be hot!

De-ice frozen handles
Same idea as heating up your key. Rub the key or the door handle with hand sanitizer to help melt the ice and break through the mess.

Keep Kitty Litter In The Trunk
Keep a bag of kitty litter or salt in your trunk for when your car might get stuck in the snow. Throwing down the litter or salt will help you to regain traction in the otherwise unforgiving snow. If you don't have either, placing a floor mat under the wheel(s) that are slipping also works as an alternative.

Ziplock Your Side Mirrors
Keeping Ziplock baggies over your side mirrors will prevent them from freezing over.

Use Cooking Spray
Throughout the day, water can melt in between your doors and re-freeze, causing your doors to get stuck. Cooking spray helps keep the water from resting in between those cracks in the first place.

Make Your Own Windshield Wiper Fluid

Mix 2 quarts of rubbing alcohol, 1 cup of water, and 1 teaspoon of dish detergent to create a cheaper alternative to windshield wiper fluid.

Use A Lawn Sprinkler To Wash Your Car
If you're lucky enough to get a day above freezing, cleaning your car is important. By now the undercarriage of your car has probably built up loads of dirt, salt, and ice which can be harmful to your car. Place a lawn sprinkler underneath your car and drive back and fourth allowing the bottom of your car to be thoroughly

Use A Card As An Ice Scraper
If for whatever reason you're stuck without an ice scraper you can use any plastic card in your wallet to scrape off that ice on your windshield.

Spray Vinegar On You Windshield
You can avoid standing in the freezing cold scraping ice all together by mixing three parts vinegar with one part water. Spray the mixture onto your windshield to prevent ice from forming on your windshield.

Increase Headlight Visibility With Toothpaste
With the harsh weather and road conditions, headlights are especially important during the winter. Cover each light with toothpaste and rinse off with warm water. For added clarity, apply one layer of wax after you've removed the toothpaste.

Fog-Proofing your windshield
Shaving cream contains a lot of the same ingredients that defoggers do. Spray this on your windshield and wipe it off for the same impact - only much cheaper.

Pack an emergency kit
No car should leave home without some emergency basics. Spare water, flashlights, hand warmers, matches, blankets, extra clothing, energy bars, etc

Cover Your Windshield Wipers
Use a pair of old socks to cover your windshield wipers. This will prevent them from getting stuck on snow. Leave them raised for even easier de-icing in the mornings.

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