Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Reader Tips for Winter Driving

Thank you so much for sharing these ideas that are all new to me and make use of products most people have around the house that cost a fraction of the price of their name brand counterparts!
Helpful Hints For Winter

Keep your headlights clear
with car wax! Just wipe ordinary car wax on your headlights. It contains special water repellents that will prevent that messy mixture from accumulating on your lights - lasts 6 weeks.

Squeak-proof your wipers
with rubbing alcohol! Wipe the wipers with a cloth saturated with rubbing alcohol or ammonia. This one trick can make badly streaking & squeaking wipers change to near perfect silence & clarity.
(Yes Rubbing Alcohol... don't waste good whiskey on your wipers!)  

Ice-proof your windows
with vinegar! Frost on it's way? Just fill a spray bottle with three parts vinegar to one part water & spritz it on all your windows at night. In the morning, they'll be clear of icy mess. Vinegar contains acetic acid, which raises the melting point of water---preventing water from freezing!

Prevent car doors from freezing shut
with cooking spray! Spritz cooking oil on the rubber seals around car doors & rub it in with a paper towel.  The cooking spray prevents water from melting into the rubber, and it won't breakdown the rubber like WD-40 might do.

Fog-proof your windshield
with shaving cream! Spray some shaving cream on the inside of your windshield & wipe if off with paper towels. Shaving cream has many of the same ingredients found in commercial defoggers.

De-ice your lock in seconds
with hand sanitizer! Just put some hand sanitizer gel on the key & the lock & the problems solved!


Anonymous said...

Many thanks for your useful winter driving tips - we've collected four winter driving myths which may also be of use to you...

Winter driving myths

Carol said...

Thanks Timmys.

Olivia said...

Thanks for the great tips. I've forwarded your link to a bunch of cold weather friends.

I'm not sure of the protocol on this. Would you mind if I posted your link on my blog?


Carol said...

No problem at all Olivia. I would be happy to have it passed around. Glad you found the information helpful, it was from another of our readers.

Anonymous said...

Hi Carol it is good that you passed this on to everyone. It is so helpful and gives you a thought of how did someone think of this. Have a great day. You can also put something to prop up your wipers if you fear ice on your windshield to keep them from contacting the glass and ice.