Winter Car Hacks

November 15th, 2019 by

Well, it’s definitely that time of year again. Winter came early and it’s here to stay. With it, comes annoying and downright ugly driving conditions. When your vehicle sits outside all winter, exposed to the harsh elements, you’re bound to encounter some annoying situations. Luckily, there are a few ways that you can stay safe, be proactive and beat winter this year. 

Use Cooking Spray

Use PAM outside of the kitchen? Pardon. Picture this, you’re driving to get your morning coffee, which you desperately need because..caffeine. Enough said. You’re approaching that drive-thru, the coffee is almost yours, you’re ready to order but seemingly your window is not, as it’s COMPLETELY frozen. You hate to do it, but you’re going to have to open the entire door to order, letting all that warm air escape. This is not only annoying but kind of embarrassing. Look no further, the next time you have the slightest inclination that your window is going to be glued shut at the drive-thru, spray PAM on the rubber edges of the car doors and wipe them down with a paper towel to keep them from freezing shut. Your next morning coffee run at the drive-thru is going to be a breeze. 

Raise Your Wipers

Isn’t the worst when you take the time to scrape all the windows then get in your vehicle, go to wipe those blades, and nothing happens, literally nothing. The wipers are completely frozen to the windshield. So back you go again, outside to remove what feels like glue adhesive keeping that wiper stuck in place. The best way to avoid this altogether is to raise your wipers at the end of your day and put socks, yes socks, on them. Think of it as the same way you’d put your mitts on to keep your hands warm. Doing this will not only entirely alleviate the hassle of unsticking them from the windshield but also keep any snow or frost off of them altogether. Although this may look silly, you’ll quickly get used to leaving for work in the morning and having your wipers wipe like a breeze.

Invest In A Good Scraper

So this tip seems pretty obvious, but the difference could mean scraping for two minutes instead of four. Buying a new scraper every year, or every other year, depending on how much you use it, is always a good idea. After using a scraper for what feels like everyday for six months, the plastic can become brittle and dull, effectively making it useless. Investing in a quality scraper is a simple, easy way to cut down the time spent shivering outside during those early winter mornings. 

For the Next Time You Get Stuck 

It’s inevitable that if like me, you don’t drive a big truck or SUV, you’re probably going to end up getting stuck at some point or another. The next time your car gets stuck after a 20-30cm freezing snowfall and you are left to fend for yourself, try using your car floor mats. Place your floor mats under your tires to give yourself traction on those icy roads. Once you’re unstuck,  park your vehicle in a place that won’t leave you stuck again and grab those mats so you can be on your way. 

It Looks Like You’re Set

You’re now equipped with all the tools and hacks that you need to effectively BEAT winter this year. We want to know, have you tried any of these winter hacks? If not, would you consider using any of these hacks in a bind, and if so, which ones?

Posted in Safety, Seasonal