Driving during the winter can be a challenge. Luckily, you can take advantage of these 9 winter car hacks to make your commute easier and more enjoyable.
When it’s cold outside it’s warmer inside your car which can cause moisture to condense on your car’s windows. It’s frustrating, but you must deal with it.
First, clean the inside of your windows with shaving cream. The cream forms a film which prevents condensation. Next, fill a few socks with kitty litter and store them behind the front seat. They’ll absorb any residual moisture.
Finally, use the fresh air intake option to draw in dry air from outdoors, not the recirculating fan.
If you hate cleaning ice and snow ice off the windshield in the morning there’s a solution. Toss an old tarp or rug over it when you park in the evening. Pull it off in the morning and stow it in the truck. It could come in handy if you’re ever stuck in the snow.
Protect Locks & Seals
Keys can get stuck in your car’s door when the temperature plummets. Luckily, there are several simple measures you can take to prevent this from happening.
First, coat your keys with hand sanitizer. The alcohol will melt any ice that has accumulated in the lock mechanism. Next, squirt a small amount of the graphite lubricant into door and trunk locks.
Don’t forget to treat the rubber seals around the doors with an appropriate product. Otherwise, they’ll become brittle, accumulate moisture, and freeze your door shut.
Create Traction Action
Snow and ice can lead to stuck cars. Two of the best tools you can use to free your vehicle are cat litter and a pair of woolly socks.
Pull the socks over your shoes or boots. Then clear the snow away from around the tires and toss down some kitty litter. If you still can’t get out, use your car mats for even more traction. You should be back on the road in no time.
In the evening, park your car so it faces east. When the sun rises, it will loosen some snow and ice off your car making it easier to clean.
If you need to commute before the sun pokes its head above the horizon, try to park in a sheltered location away from blowing winds. Don’t park under trees as snow and wind can break limbs and send them crashing down on your car. If you live on a hill, try to park near the bottom of the slope.
Put Wiper Blades Up
If you know a blizzard’s coming your way, lift your car’s wiper blades up. It might look strange, but ice and snow won’t stick them to the windshield. Some people cover wiper blades with socks instead.
Pack a Kit
Every driver should have an emergency kit in the trunk of their vehicle. One essential item in this kit is a foldable shovel. It can help free you from a snow bank and clear a path to the door.
Also include warm clothing, moist snacks, a first aid and small toolkit, flashlight, jumper cables, and a cellphone charger.
Review Insurance Needs
Adding roadside assistance coverage to your auto insurance policy offers peace of mind. It’s affordable and can offer services such as changing a flat tire, jump-starting a dead battery or towing your vehicle to a repair shop.
You’ll also want to ensure you have sufficient policy limits. State minimums don’t protect you or your vehicle well and winter driving conditions increase the likelihood of accidents and injuries.