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Socks, shaving cream, hand sanitizer protect vehicles in winter weather

Winter can be tough on vehicles. Follow these simple tips and tricks to make winter driving easier. (FOX19 NOW file) Winter can be tough on vehicles. Follow these simple tips and tricks to make winter driving easier. (FOX19 NOW file)
Socks can protect windshield wipers from snow and ice, says reporter Dan Wells.(FOX19 NOW) Socks can protect windshield wipers from snow and ice, says reporter Dan Wells.(FOX19 NOW)

Winter can be tough on vehicles: Iced windshields, frozen locks, and getting stuck in mud and snow are all too common automotive realities.

Follow these simple tips and tricks to make winter driving life a little easier.

  • Keep wipers from freezing: AAA recommends raising them off your windshield and covering them with socks.
  • Fix a frozen lock: Use hand sanitizer to melt the ice or blow on it through a straw.
  • Defrosting windows: For those with pets, kitty litter can help. Experts recommend filling up a sock overnight and leaving it in your car. The litter will help absorb any moisture.
  • Fogged Windows: Spray a layer of shaving cream on the inside of your windows and wipe it clean.
  • Preventing doors from freezing shut: Cooking spray is an item most have in their kitchen that can help with frozen doors. Simply spray the rubber edges of your car doors ahead of a winter storm or deep freeze.

Did you know windows can also freeze on the inside of your car? It occurs when there is extra moisture inside your vehicle when temperatures drop below freezing. Removing snow from your shoes before getting in the car or wiping away the water before it freezes will help to avoid this.

Forgot your ice scraper? A credit card can be a creative alternative!

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