Driving a car in the winter is a challenge. Not only do you have to scrape ice from your windshield, allot extra time to let the car warm up and keep the washer fluid topped off, the act of driving itself is slower and more dangerous. While there’s nothing you can do about the weather, the salt on the roads or the inexperience of other drivers, there are a few cheap and easy things you can do to get your car ready for the winter. Here’s the top 4 DIY ways to winterize your ride:
1. Keep your headlights clear with car wax
All you have to do is wipe a small amount of ordinary car wax on your headlights and your bulbs should be able to shine through just about any severe storm. This treatment will last for about six weeks, using the same water repellent properties that protect your paint to keep road spray and ice from forming over your lights.
2. Squeak-proof your wipers with rubbing alcohol
For many, the first sign of winter is the scratchy, squeaking slide of their windshield wipers over an icy windshield. If you rub your wipers with a cloth saturated with rubbing alcohol, you can fix badly streaking and squeaking wipers.
3. Ice-proof your windows with vinegar
You can keep the glass on your car ice-free by treating them with vinegar. Simply fill a spray bottle with three parts vinegar to one part water and give your windows a spritz every night. Vinegar contains acetic acid, which raises the melting point of water.
4. Prevent doors from freezing shut with cooking spray
In extreme temperatures, your car may literally freeze itself shut. This happens because water freezes inside the porous rubber seals that keep your doors shut. To prevent this, simply spray some cooking oil on the rubber and rub it in with a paper towel.
There are other steps you can take to truly winterize your vehicle. In salty areas, a fresh coat of wax can prevent paint damage. Even in areas where there is little snow but low temperatures, a set of good winter tires can improve your car’s safety and performance during the winter months. But these four tricks are easy, cheap and guaranteed to save you time on a frosty Monday morning.
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