4 useful winter car tricks Minnesotans might not know

4 useful winter car tricks Minnesotans might not know

This being the first winter in many, I don’t have a garage to put my car in to keep the snow and ice out of it. Not that I don’t want a garage, I’ve been on a waiting list to get one in the apartments I live in (please allow a garage that opens soon, please)!

But it’s not like the cars are guarded in the garage all the time anyway. So here are some helpful winter DIY tricks I’ve tried that you might like when the snow inevitably comes.

CBC News via YouTube

CBC News via YouTube

This can really help your car defrost faster if, like me many times, you don’t pre-heat your car.

There are a few homemade recipes but my favorite is the one made with rubbing alcohol and water. need An empty spray bottle (nothing from before or new), water and rubbing alcohol at least 70 proof.

Ingredients: Mix two parts rubbing alcohol with one part water and you’re done.

This is something you can leave in your car if you wish because rubbing alcohol (I looked it up) won’t freeze to -128.2 degrees Fahrenheit, so I’d say you’re better off leaving it. Take your cookout and sprinkle some snow on your window and in three minutes you’ll be ready to go.

Personal note: Take it with you or leave it in the trunk to grab before you even get in the car. This only works best when there is sleet or icing all over the windshield and not a bunch of snow.

Have you ever put your windshield wipers on before going to work or home?

Photo by Megan Z/TSM

Photo by Megan Z/TSM

I, over hereGuilty, as charged! It worked wonders when it snowed because I put it gently on when I got out and it didn’t freeze to the windshield. How many times have you ripped off your windshield only to rip the brittle rubber part and now you need new windshield wipers, yeah me too.

WelcomellllI was reading the reason for that no Do this, if it happens to blow or fall hard on the window, it can easily shatter and no one needs that surprise. So instead, when I know a somewhat larger amount of snow is coming, I now take my old tube socks and put them over the windshield wipers. Surprisingly, it works well, although sometimes it is still buried under the snow, but it doesn’t stick to the windshield anymore!

Allstate via YouTube

Allstate via YouTube

Last week we got really heavy and wet snow. I’m not sure if I ever experienced it like it did, but some of that condensation got in my car door and in the morning I have to pull with all my might, because it’s basically frozen.

So I went to Pinterest and YouTube To find out what home remedy I can use to prevent this. turns up, CBC News reportedIt was in my kitchen cupboard the whole time. Cooking spray! Sprinkle it around with the rubber stamp then wipe off the excess and viola next time you should open it with ease!

CBC News via YouTube

CBC News via YouTube

Personal note: This is the first time I have used it, so I am not sure how long the effect will last and whether or not it will have to be repeated often. Also Read This Can Be Handy On Your Bucket To Help Prevent Backlogs! (the more you know)

Foval Tech via Amazon

Foval Tech via Amazon

This isn’t really anything you need to do, but it’s a tip I’ve shared for many years and always amaze people with. How many times have your car been covered in snow and you had to use your mittens to clear some snow so it didn’t get in the car when you went to grab an ice scraper?

many times! No matter how hard I try, I still seem to get loads of snow in the car when I open the door. The only thing that has helped me is that I am now taking Ice scraper at work and to the apartment with me When I leave the car. This way I can avoid (better anyway) getting a bunch of snow in my car.

Personal note: You don’t want to accidentally forget it, so keep it next to your purse, boots/boots, coat, gloves, scarves or whatever you know you’ll be leaving with so you don’t forget the ice scraper!

Hope this helps and if you have a DIY winter vehicle trick you want to share, I’d love to hear from you at meganz@mix949.com

Travel safely this winter, my friends!

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