Winter is not the time to get caught unprepared, even if your vehicle is safely sitting in your driveway. Your windshield will be covered in fog and frost, forcing you to wait before you can leave for work or the store. The windshield wipers on your car will freeze and end up caked in ice, making a mess of your windshield, even after you’ve cleaned it off. For all of these reasons and more, you need to use these 12 interesting car hacks.
1) Place Socks on Your Wiper Blades
You’re probably already aware that leaving your blades pulled up and away from your windshield will prevent them from freezing and sticking to it. However, you more than likely didn’t know that placing a simple pair of socks over them will keep the ice away.
2) Remove Ice with a Spatula
While you never want to use a metal spatula on your windshield, as it can scratch the surface, a plastic one will work nicely. This is a great hack for those moments when you realize you don’t have a snow brush handy (or if the scraper part breaks off of it.)
3) Absorb Moisture with Kitty Litter
Cat litter is great at absorbing moisture. After all, that’s what it was designed for. Fill a sock with clean cat litter and leave it in your car overnight. The insides of your windows will be much less foggy in the morning.
4) Spray Some Cooking Spray on Your Door Seals
If you’re worried about getting your doors open in the cold, just spray some PAM or another type of non-stick cooking spray on them the night before. Make sure to lightly coat the rubber seals of the doors. They’ll open easily the next morning, no matter how much ice and snow you received.
5) Use a Chalkboard Eraser on Your Windshield
Few things are worse than dealing with fog on the inside of your windshield. Thankfully, you can use a simple tool – a chalkboard eraser – to remove it. Just run around the inside of your windshield and that annoying fog will be gone.
6) Place a Bag over Your Side Mirrors
If you’re worried about your side mirrors fogging over, place a plastic grocery bag over them the night before. Secure it in place with some tape.
7) Thaw a Frozen Lock with a Straw
A simple drinking straw is a great tool for defrosting a frozen car door lock. All that you need to do is place the straw up against the lock and blow into it. Your warm breath will do the trick!
8) Carry a Winter Emergency Kit
You can either buy a pre-assembled winter emergency kit or make your own. Either way, you need to have one in your car at all times.
9) Use Deicing Windshield Washer Fluid
This is an easy hack. Buy windshield washer fluid with deicing properties and pour it into the receptacle on your car. Your frozen windshield problems will be over.
10) Use Cat Litter for Traction
If your car is stuck on the ice, then place some cat litter under your tires. This will give you some much-needed traction.
11) Clean Your Headlights With Toothpaste
Rubbing a little toothpaste on and then off of your headlights will clean the gunk off of them. They’ll shine more brightly as a result.
12) Park Facing East
No matter where you live, the sun rises in the east. Park facing that direction, and the sun will naturally melt the ice and snow off of your windshield every morning. You won’t have to do any work, other than removing any lingering traces of ice and snow.