Get your car ready for winter with these simple tips and tricks. In this post, you will learn how to prep your car to survive the winter season.
If you want to know how to get your car unstuck from the snow and ways to keep your car windows from getting frozen in ice then keep reading.
Winter Car Hacks and Tips
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How to Keep Car Windows and Doors from Freezing Overnight
Use cooking spray or WD-40
Spray cooking spray or WD-40 on the key hole and cracks of your doors as this will prevent ice from sticking and freezing your doors shut.
Park your car facing east
When parking you car at night, make sure to park it facing east as this is where the sun rises and will melt the ice from your windshield in the mornings.
Cover your side mirrors with plastic bags
Spray each side mirror lightly with cooking oil and cover with a plastic bag as this will prevent your mirrors from frosting over during the night.
Make homemade window de-icer with rubbing alcohol
Fill a spray bottle with 1/3 of water and the rest with 70% Isopropyl alcohol. Keep a bottle in the house and car as this be can be a cheap and effective way to quickly get rid of ice on your car windshield and windows.
How to Get a Car Unstuck From the Snow
Use kitty litter
Keep a bag of kitty litter in your trunk during the winter months. If you find yourself stuck in the snow, sprinkle some behind your tires to gain traction.
Use a rubber floor mat
Place your car’s rubber floor mats behind your tires to be able to gain traction and get unstuck from snow.
How to Defog Windows Fast
Use shaving cream
The ingredients found in shaving cream are similar to those found in most store bought defoggers. So rub a small amount of shaving cream on the inside of your windshield and wipe clean to prevent your windows from fogging up for a while.
Keep a dry erase board eraser in your car.
A dry erase board eraser will quickly and easily get rid of fogged windows without smearing anything else on your windshield.
Crack the windows to let in fresh air.
Fogged windows are cause by humidity inside of your vehicle, so crack the windows just a little bit to let in fresh air.
Keep a small bag of kitty litter in your car.
Kitty litter absorbs moisture, so grab an old pair of pantyhose and fill it with kitty litter to make a small bag that you can leave in the car overnight.
Keep Socks in Your Glove Compartment
Wear extra large socks over your shoes
To help prevent any slip and falls on black ice, keep a pair of extra large socks in your glove compartment to cover your shoes.
Use socks to cover your windshield wipers
Pull up your windshield wipers the night before cold weather or snow to prevent them from freezing and sticking to your windshield.
Keep an Emergency Kit in Your Car
Keep these items in your trunk at all times
During the winter, make sure to keep extra blankets, water, snacks, a flashlight and an emergency candle in your trunk at all times. You will want to be prepared just in case you are caught in traffic or snowy weather while on the road. For a full tutorial on how to make an emergency winter car kit click here.