Winter Weather Lifehacks for Your Car

Has the winter weather been driving you crazy trying to get your car defrosted in the mornings? It has been driving me bonkers. My 1969 Chevelle does not like to argue with the cold weather and it is also my baby so it stays inside the garage safe and sound. My husband does the same thing with his 1986 mustang and there is only enough room left for our motorcycles and the kids’ power wheels. This leaves no room for the vehicles we actually drive. This sounds impractical but the thing is we have figured out how to work this out. I am the reigning queen of ghetto engineering which means I come up with some great life hacks and I am always willing to try out anyone else’s idea too. (My husband swears I lived in a true poverty stricken ghetto in a past life because in there is no way the woman from middle class suburbia should be able to come up with the things that I do. HeΒ isΒ from the ghetto and still finds me more resourceful than anyone he knows.)

The problem we all hate battling in the winter is ice. Iced over windows and tires and windshield wipers and so on. We all know these things suck to deal with at 7 a.m. while you are trying to get to work or get the kids to school. My personal favorite is to cover my car with a car cover after I get home from work so none of the precipitation can stick to it and I just pull the whole frozen mess off in one fail swoop in the morning. If you don’t have a car cover don’t worry there are other options that can work the same way. You can use a tarp or a tent cover if you have one and it has the same effect because they are made of material that is meant to keep the water from soaking through it. These are the best things to cover the car with but they aren’t your only option. If you are expecting snow and you don’t have anything else available just grab a couple of sheets and cover up the windshield and the front of the roof with one letting the sides drape over the side windows tesla side mirror replacement and then do the same for the back windows with the other one. I like to shut the edge of the sheet in the doors so the sheet will stay put but if you want to do it your way that’s fine too. This way when you come out top the car in the morning you can get all of the snow off very easily then you just turn on the car and wait for the engine to warm up.

When it comes to warming up your engine you can give yourself a heads start with a block heater. If you have a diesel engine then you should already have one but you unleaded drivers may have never even seen this. This is a part that you add to your undercarriage and you plug it in at night so that your engine and all of its fluids stay warm throughout the coldest nights. If you live up north you should definitely go ahead and invest in this item because it will save you a lot of time and frustration in the long run. If you live down south where it hardly ever freezes then you might want to just try my other method of achieving the same result. You can do this by putting a heating pad under the hood and leaving it on throughout the night. It may sound silly but it will cut down on the time it takes to get your car warm in the morning. To keep the snow from sticking to your try covering them with old socks. It may look funny but I promise the neighbors will be trying it the next time snow falls and they want to save the same twenty minutes you will by doing it.

For those of us who get caught by surprise and wind up with frozen windows in the morning I have a couple of tricks for you. For one, don’t ever attempt to pull frozen on windshield wipers off your windshield. You could crack the windshield glass or break the wiper or the blade or pull some wiring away from the windshield wiper motor relay and none of these things are good for you or your vehicle. To keep make your own ice melt you can combine 2 quarts of rubbing alcohol 1 cup of water and 1 cup of dish soap. It actually works really well. I would suggest trying to be proactive with ice by spraying your windows with 3 parts vinegar and 1 part water. If you spray that on your windows beforehand then the ice won’t form on them. You should also extend your windshield wipers away from the window like when you are changing out the blades so you don’t have them stuck to the windshield

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