Winter is generally a sad time of year for drivers, as cold months often uncover the biggest motoring concerns. Changing the tires, cleaning snow and ice off the car in the morning, defogging the windshield and windows — this is hardly a complete list of challenges that winter driving can present.
We have put together 7 simple winter car care tips and tricks that will help you get your car ready for the cold snowy weather.
How to solve the problem: Mix vinegar with water (use a 3:1 ratio), and spray this solution onto icy windows to clear them.
How to prevent: If you find your car’s windows already frozen, there is one simple way to de-ice them quickly. In a spray bottle, mix the following ingredients: 20 fl oz of rubbing alcohol, 6.7 fl oz of water, and 1 drop of dish detergent. Spray the mixture onto icy windows, and the ice will melt away.
Frozen car lock
How to solve the problem: One easy way to fix a frozen car lock is by using regular hand sanitizer. The alcohol in it will remove the ice and allow you to unlock your car. Just put a few drops of hand sanitizer onto your key or into the keyhole, and see it working its magic.
You can also use a good old method to fix this problem: heat your car key with a match or lighter, and insert it into the lock. Just be careful not to burn yourself.
How to prevent: To keep a car lock from freezing, try spraying a little WD-40 into the keyhole. If you take a moment to do this simple procedure before the cold days of winter hit, you’ll save yourself a lot of trouble!