Parking your car in a garage is better for your vehicle than parking it outdoors. This is especially true in the wintertime. But if you have to park your vehicle outdoors, I have some car hacks perfect for dealing with the winter weather.
- Boost Your Light: Clear, bright light coming from your car’s headlights is important, especially during a snowstorm. Take a small amount of toothpaste and smear it on your headlights. Next, wash it off with warm water and dry your headlights with a soft cloth. The ingredients in toothpaste help to thoroughly clean the surface of the lights.
- Multi-Purpose Floor Mats: If your car gets stuck in the snow this winter and you forgot the kitty litter, don’t despair! Take a floor mat out of your car and shove it beneath the stuck tire. This can give you just enough traction to get unstuck. Just don’t forget to grab your floor mat before driving off!
- Frozen Lock? No Problem! You go out to your car on a chilly morning, put your key into the car lock, and it won’t turn. It’s frozen! This problem isn’t as common as it used to be, but it can still pop up, especially if the batteries in your remote happen to die at the worst possible time. A solution is to put hand sanitizer on the key and stick it into the lock. The alcohol in the hand sanitizer helps to defrost your lock. If this is a frequent problem for you, putting a small magnet over your car lock at night can help prevent it from freezing up. In this case, I’d say prevention is key!
- Protect Your Side Mirrors. Parking outside on a chilly night means your side mirrors may freeze. You can prevent this by using a rubber band to secure a plastic bag over each mirror before going inside for the night.
- Defog the Windshield: If you’re in the habit of using your glove to wipe away the fog that stubbornly creeps up the inside of your windshield, there’s another option. Keep your gloves clean and dry by wiping away the fog with a chalkboard eraser. The eraser prevents smudge marks as well.
- Cure Frozen Car Doors: If your car doors often freeze overnight, apply some cooking spray to the seal of each door to prevent water from leaking in and causing them to freeze closed.
- Socks for Your Windshield Wipers: Trying to defrost your windshield wipers on a snowy morning can be very time-consuming. Before turning in for the night, pull your windshield wipers to the upright position and place a sock over each one. This keeps them from freezing and can save you a lot of time in the morning.
- The Kitty Litter Solution: When you keep a couple of bags of kitty litter in your trunk, it adds weight to that part of your car. This extra weight can help to prevent your car from sliding on slippery roads.
- Face the Sun: Why not let the sun help defrost your windshield in the morning? Park your car with the windshield facing east so the defrosting process can start as soon as the sun comes up.
- Shaving Cream the Windows: Smear a light layer of shaving cream on the inside of your car windows, then wipe it off. The residue prevents fog from forming on your windows. As a bonus, it leaves a pleasant fragrance in your car.
- Remove Water Bottles From Your Car at Night: Leaving partially filled water bottles and other liquids in your car overnight can add to the moisture in the air and lead to foggy windows.
- Use the AC: In the wintertime? Yes. Turning on the air conditioner in your car removes humidity from the air and clears foggy windows. Give it a try!
I hope these hacks prove helpful to you and your car this winter. Thanks for reading. – Alan