Winter is a time when cars suffer …
And the driver too, because driving in winter can be a really painful experience …
Between the frozen windshield, the fog, the slippery roads, it’s a constant challenge!
Fortunately, there are simple and effective tips to make your day-to-day driving easier in the winter.
Here is 12 essential tips for your car in winter. Look :
1. Use a chalkboard brush to demist the windshield quickly
During the winter months the windshield is permanently fogged up and frosted!
Even with ventilation, the mist does not always disappear well or in any case, never quickly enough …
To remove it without wasting time, use a chalkboard brush.
It works really well and it’s easy to store in the glove box.
Another very useful tip is to check that your car’s air recirculation is turned on.
This is because the air in your car is already humid. It is therefore necessary to bring in fresh, dry air from outside.
If you forget to turn it on, spinning moist air will only increase fogging.
While blasting dry air will reduce it. So open the air recirculation fully!
2. Use shaving foam to prevent fogging.
Now you know how to get rid of fogging quickly, but there are also tips to prevent fogging of the windshield:
– Spread shaving foam on the inside of the windshield, then wipe off. The cream leaves a fine greasy film which prevents fogging from forming. This is the same concept that is used by commercial anti-fog sprays.
– Fill a sock with kitty litter and leave it in your car overnight. The litter absorbs moisture that collects on the windshield. Find the trick here.
– Before turning off your car’s engine at night, open the window for a few seconds to let in cold, dry air. This dry air will help dehumidify your car overnight.
– Do not leave bottled water or other drinks in your car overnight. In fact, humidity favors the formation of fogging.
3. Always keep a pair of woolen socks in the glove box.
Always keep an old pair of woolen socks in the glove box. It can be really useful during the winter!
For example, if you have to push the car stuck in the snow, put the socks on over your shoes. This way you won’t slip on snow or ice.
Another use for socks is to cover your wiper blades overnight! Just lift each broom and slip it into a sock.
Thus, they will not freeze overnight and will also avoid getting damaged. In addition, this trick makes it easier to defrost the windshield in the morning.
And if you get stuck for hours in the car because of the snow, these wool socks will also be used to warm your feet or your hands.
4. Use homemade anti-freeze washer fluid
In winter, fill your windshield washer fluid reservoir with antifreeze fluid.
It melts the ice that sticks to the wiper blades faster.
It also thaws the windshield if the frost is not too thick.
And not even bother to buy it! It is very easy to do it yourself. Check out the recipe here.
5. Use a spatula as an ice scraper
Can’t find your scraper to remove the frost from your car windows?
Grab a plastic spatula from your kitchen or use an old blue card from your wallet!
Prefer an expired card in case it breaks during the operation.
6. Park your car facing east so that the sun thaws your windshield.
Here is a genius trick to prevent your windshield from freezing completely in the morning when you wake up.
The trick is to park your car always facing east, in the direction the sun rises in the morning.
Like this, when the sun rises, it will heat up your car and thaw the windshield. Efficient and effortless!
Your wiper blades will also be peeled off.
7. Use hand sanitizer to loosen frozen locks
In the event of a frozen lock, heat your key with a match or lighter.
Then, gently push it into the lock to melt the ice. Be careful not to burn yourself!
Another possibility is to use a straw. Direct the straw towards the lock and blow into it. The heat of your breath will melt the ice.
Finally, you can use alcoholic hand sanitizer.
Simply rub a layer of this liquid over the frozen area and allow the alcohol to work to melt the ice.
8. Use cooking oil spray to keep doors from freezing.
Tired of fighting with the frozen doors every morning? Fortunately, there is a simple and effective trick!
Brush the joints with a little cooking oil to keep them from sticking with the gel.
Or use an oil sprayer to better target the parts to be oiled.
Cooking oil is like a “waterproofer” that prevents water from entering the door and freezing.
9. Use a plastic bag to prevent the mirrors from freezing.
Cover your car’s mirrors to prevent them from freezing.
To do this, use a simple plastic bag, paper, or Ziplock or whatever you can find to cover them.
Tie the end with a rubber band, and you’re done.
10. Use toothpaste to clean your headlights
It is especially important to be well seen in winter because it is dark all the time …
It is therefore necessary to have very bright headlights that can be seen from a distance.
First, have your lights adjusted by a specialist and change the bulbs if necessary.
Then, clean your headlights by simply covering them with a layer of toothpaste.
Leave it on for a minute or two and then rinse it off with lukewarm water.
This trick removes the opaque film from your headlights and makes them much more efficient.
It’s a quick and easy solution, much cheaper than buying a special headlight cleaning product! Check out the trick here.
11. Keep a bag of litter in your trunk.
Always keep a bag or two of kitty litter in your trunk. They will be very useful in case of snow. Why ?
Already, they are adding weight to the rear of the car to allow the tires to grip better.
But also because if you get stuck in the snow and skate, you can pour the litter under the wheels.
This allows the tires to have better grip to get out of this mess.
If you don’t have bedding, you can also use sand (see tip here) or your floor mats.
Just lay them on the snow in front of your tires. Don’t forget to collect them before you go!
12. Prepare an emergency car kit
Weather conditions can be unpredictable in winter, so it’s a good idea to keep an emergency kit in your trunk just in case.
For example, a change of clothes can be of great help if you get stuck. Here’s how to do it:
– Open the closure of a fine down jacket.
– Slip a pair of socks, warm leggings, a thermal under-sweater, a hat, gloves, a scarf and snow pants into the down jacket.
– Close the jacket and put it in a small bag in your trunk.
Do not hesitate to take these little accessories that could save your life in an emergency:
– flash light
– enough to recharge your phone
– hand and foot warmers
– bottle of water
– energy bars
– Swiss knife
– folding shovel
– brush to remove large amounts of snow from the car.
Now that you know all of these helpful tips, you can hit the winter road without fear.
What about you, do you have any tips for surviving winter in the car? Share them with us in the comments. We can’t wait to hear from you!
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