9 cold winter morning survival hacks

9 Cold Winter Morning Survival Hacks

November 17, 2015 in Sensible Living

So, it’s happening..

All the leaves are finally gone and winter is coming quickly. The temperatures are dropping and those frosty, dark, and cold winter mornings are here to stay.  There is nothing worse than heading outside in the early morning and its freezing cold!  There are a lot of things that you can do to make those freezing winter mornings a bit more bearable. I’m not talking taking off to the Caribbean, although, if you did I wouldn’t blame you one bit. That would certainly make our cold Canadian winters much more bearable to me!

Here are 9 simple hacks to help make your cold winter mornings run a bit smoother!

1. Start Your Car Early:
Try to get out and start up your car about 10-15 minutes before you need to walk out the door. This gives your car time not only warm up for your comfort, but also to warm up the engine which is good for your car.  It allows the oil to warm up and circulate through your engine. Believe me, one thing you do not want to do is hop in a cold, frozen car and try to drive that baby to work.  You may make it there this time, but if you do this habitually, your car will find itself in the last place you want it to be when it’s cold outside: at the mechanics!

2. Cover Your Windshield with Cardboard at Night:
I have to admit, I used to make fun of my grandmother for doing this.  I never entirely understood why she did this so religiously in the winter, until I had a car of my own.  Take a large piece of cardboard and put it over your windshield at night. In the morning, your car window will not be as cold and frosted, making it easier and quicker to get going.

3. Lift Up Your Windshield Wipers at Night:
It’s always horrible when your windshield wipers freeze to your car.  It can not only ruin your windshield wipers, but you can blow your wiper motor which means a nice dent in your chilly wallet! You can prevent this by lifting up your wipers before going to bed and any time you have to park your car outside.

4. Use White Vinegar:
White Vinegar instantly melts the Ice and snow on your car. It may be a bit of a strong smell, but you’ll be able to just spray and go! I like to keep it in a spray bottle by the front door with 2 cups vinegar to 1 cup water.  Caution: Always dilute the vinegar with the water before applying it to the windshield. Only use what you need, don’t over do it. The acidity in vinegar can damage your car’s windshield wipers and windshield. Keeping the bottle inside helps keep the liquid warm and helps it work quickly.

5. Use Hand Sanitizer:
If you don’t have a key fob remote, or it stops working.. (trust me it can happen in the winter) You don’t need to worry about frozen locks if you keep a bit of hand sanitizer in your purse.  Not only will it NOT freeze, but if you coat your car key in hand sanitizer before sticking the key into your door to unlock it, the sanitizer will melt the frozen lock and allow you to unlock your car safely.  Frozen locks may not be covered under some roadside assistance policies.

6. Spread Kitty Litter for traction:
If you are stuck and your tires just keep spinning when you try to accelerate, pour some kitty litter under your tires and you’ll get out of that rut in no time! Keep a container in the trunk for such emergencies, they can happen anywhere!

7. Socks Over Shoes:
We all know that snow and ice is super slippery. Try putting some old socks over your shoes, it provides you with more traction and makes walking easier on icy sidewalks and parking lots.

8. Park Toward The Sun:
Even though it is freezing outside, it still gets sunny! So go ahead and park your car facing the sun, it will provide a bit of sunlight and warm up your car a little.

9. Ziploc Side Mirrors:
Do you hate when your side mirrors freeze over and then you can’t see out of them? Me too! Use a ziploc bag around your mirrors and you won’t have to worry about that! Just make sure to take them off before you start driving!

Cold Winter mornings can be extremely brutal, but these 9 Cold Winter Morning Survival Hacks will definitely help you out and on your way!

Plan B?

Coffee.  Lot’s of piping hot Coffee.

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17 Comments

  • Reply Amanda December 14, 2015 at 10:02 am

    #2 is a great one that I would’ve never thought of.

  • Reply Nicole a December 13, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    I didn’t know about most of these thanks!

  • Reply aliyadaya December 6, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    Great tips! Quite a few I did not know about… Thanks!

  • Reply dawn November 19, 2015 at 2:48 am

    Awesome tips! vinegar trick is super cool! thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Amy Desrosiers November 17, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    Wow! I guess I better stock up on white vinegar!! I hate trying to scrape an icy windshield!

  • Reply merry120 November 17, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    These are awesome tips! I don’t do most of these so I will be giving them a try for sure. Thank you!

  • Reply Heather Lynne November 17, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    Oh my gosh, the ziploc bag & cardboard windshield ideas- genius!

    • Reply admin November 20, 2015 at 12:29 pm

      Very simple tricks that save so much time in the morning!

  • Reply chancesmommy November 17, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    WOW! These are great tips! I had absolutely no idea about the vinegar trick! Who knew it melted ice and snow?! Smart idea about Ziploc on the side mirrors! Genius! I am going to pin this and share. BRILLIANT!

  • Reply AnnMarie Brown November 17, 2015 at 11:50 am

    I have always wondered why people lift up their windshield wipers on their car and them freezing to the windshield totally makes sense now. Great winter tips!

    • Reply admin November 17, 2015 at 1:39 pm

      I think we’ve all had the same thought at some point 🙂

  • Reply CynGagen (@CynGagen) November 17, 2015 at 11:35 am

    Great tips! I use quite a few of these with success.

    • Reply admin November 17, 2015 at 1:39 pm

      Thank you! I’m soo not ready to use any of them!

  • Reply valmg @ Mom Knows It All November 17, 2015 at 11:16 am

    My Dad told me about the cat litter, not only may it help get you out but it also gives the car a little more weight. The first time I saw windshield wipers up I didn’t get it, but now I know it makes sense.

    • Reply admin November 17, 2015 at 11:25 am

      Me too! I used to think people were just silly. Then I drove in my first winter and hated how the wipers stuck to the windshield. I realized quite quickly why people leave them up! lol

  • Reply Scott November 17, 2015 at 11:01 am

    Do NOT use vinegar on your windshields. Not only isn’t it very effective, there is risk to damaging your car’s paint and/or chrome, not to mention any effects it will have on the rubber seals.

    • Reply admin November 17, 2015 at 11:22 am

      Thanks Scott. Personally, I use this method with great success, and no ill effects in Canada. If you are spraying it sparingly where needed on the center of your windshield, it should not affect paint or chrome. Of course, if you pour a whole jug of straight vinegar all over your car, you may encounter some problems!

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