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!
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!
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