Published on December 7th, 2016 | by Danielle Williams
Video: Winter Hacks You Need to Try.
Every winter you tell yourself you’ll be prepared for everything winter brings. But life gets busy and sometimes you forget to grab the extra things you need for winter driving.
Beyond getting fitted with winter tires, filling up on anti-freeze and replacing worn out windshield wipers, there are crafty tricks you should know about for your car. We’ve put together a fun video featuring four hacks you and your car need to power through ice, sleet and snow this winter.
One Can Never Have Enough Socks.
Grab a pair of socks (matching or not) and use them to cover your wipers when you park. This keeps ice off your wipers and prevents them from freezing to your window. Don’t go out and buy new thermal socks either. Grab an old pair and sock it to winter!
Get a Grip.
Use your car interior floor mats under tires to increase grip if you get stuck in snow. On icy and snowy surfaces you’ll need extra grip and traction to get your tires moving. Some people use kitty litter or even cardboard, but they take up way too much space in your car trunk.
Shine Bright Like a Diamond.
Clean your headlights with toothpaste to make them extra bright. You need to see the roads clearly in any condition and visibility is important, so wiping your headlights with a little toothpaste helps. You brush your teeth with toothpaste to make your pearly whites stand out and shine, so why not do that with your headlights.
Mirror, Mirror On My Car.
Nothing is more annoying than having to scrape ice off your side mirrors. Using sealable plastic bags keeps ice off your mirrors and it helps you see the road better from all angles. At night it might get a little windy, to make sure the bags are secure use a rubber band to hold it in place.
Plus here are some bonus hacks to try:
- Spray a layer of shaving cream on the inside of your windows and wipe it clean to fog-proof your car.
- If you don’t have an ice scraper handy, use a credit card.
- To prevent icing on your windows spray vinegar and water (three parts vinegar and one part water) on your windows at night.
Check out our Winter-Ready Guide for more tips to help you survive the drive this season.
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