Summer cruising season is winding down, and before you know it, snow will start falling. If you live in an area that experiences heavy snow during the Fall and Winter months, you know firsthand how bad snowy weather can inconvenience your morning drive.
Icy windows, frozen door locks, icy driveways, and more can all make you late to your destination and cause you to stay out in the cold much longer than you want to be. Luckily, YouTuber “Chris Fix” came up with 10 easy hacks that will help you and your car prepared for snowy weather in a timely manner.
We’re going to share a few of those tips here, but you can watch the video below for the complete list.
How to prevent doors and locks from freezing
Usually, starting your car and letting it warm up in snowy weather can take care of more than a few issues caused by the cold weather. However, what do you do if you can’t even get into your car in the first place? It is common for car doors to become frozen to the car body and for car door locks to become so frozen that the key may not even go in.
According to Chris Fix, there is an easy way to prevent that situation from happening in the first place. All it takes is a can of silicone-based lubricant. Silicone-based lubricants are hydrophobic, which means they repel water. So, simply spray a little bit of silicone-based lubricant in the door locks, and to prevent the doors from freezing to the body, coat the rubber weather stripping on the door and the door frames. This way, condensation will not stay in the door locks or on the door seals and will not freeze.
How to prevent snow from sticking to your windshield
Scraping ice off the windshield is nobody’s idea of a fun time. It is annoying, can take a lot of effort and a lot of time. Fortunately, there are ways to make removing ice from a windshield significantly easier than using the ol’ scraper. Furthermore, there is also a very convenient way to keep snow off your side-view mirrors as well.
It is crucial to lift the wipers to help protect the windshield from snow, so they do not get frozen. Second, you can purchase a canvas windshield cover that protects the glass. If you do not have a canvas protector handy, you can also use flattened trash bags to cover your windshield. Static cling can be enough to keep the bags on your glass but secure the bags down with painter’s tape if you are expecting windy weather.
To protect the side view mirrors, simply cover them with zip lock bags before the snow hits. Place the bags over the side view mirrors and then close the backs around them. This way, snow will stick to the bag and not the glass, so you can simply remove the bags, and you’re good to go.
More snow weather car hacks
What we mentioned are just two of ten total hacks that Chris Fix shares. We highly recommend checking out the full video above. Chris gives tips on gaining more traction on snowy roads, how to safely get out of your driveway, removing snow without touching it, and more.
When you are done, you should be ready for all the snow days that mother nature can throw at you.