We may not be knee keep in snow (yet!) but the cold and icy conditions still can make driving treacherous if you’re not properly prepared. Don’t get caught. These tips come from Ontarians “north of Toronto” who really know how to survive winter.
They’re basic, easy to do, and best of all, they’ve been proven to work! It will only take an hour or two to give your car these winter weather treatments and you will feel better when you’re on the road.
Headlights smeared with ice and salt?
Wipe them down with ordinary car wax. Thewater repellents keeps your headlines clear of slush and lasts about six weeks.
Squeaking wipers causing you to take your hands off the wheel and cover your ears?
Wipe those noisy wipers down with a cloth dipped in rubbing alcohol or ammonia. This keeps your windshield clear, and delivers silence during those snowy drives.
Hate chipping your car out of ice in the morning?
If frost is on the way, spray your car windows at night with a mixture of 3 parts vinegar to one part water. In the morning they’ll be clear of ice.
Frozen car doors can be extremely dangerous, especially if you have to get somewhere in a hurry.
Spritz the rubber seals around the door with cooking oil and rub gently with a paper towel to spread. This stops the water from melting into the rubber and freezing shut the doors.
Put some hand sanitizer on the lock to make it work once more.
Spray with shaving cream inside the windshield and rub it in with a paper towel. Okay, this sounds strange but shaving cream contains ingredients found in commercial defoggers (kind of makes you want to avoid shaving cream, though!)