When it comes to driving your car in the wintertime, there are definitely some seasonal issues that you’re going to need to be aware of and prepared for if you want to have a safe road trip. It is important to prepare your vehicle for winter, and there are effective methods to solve your common winter car problems before they happen. Some tips are preventive, but some also help you if your car is already frozen.
Protect yourself in the event of any mishaps with Hobbs, New Mexico Car Insurance. Before it comes to the point of auto insurance claims, however, learn how to solve those pesky, but common winter car problems this season.
The most likely issue you’ll need to expect is frost accumulation on your windows. These weather conditions do pose a risk matter what you do, as your visions will likely be impaired. Luckily, there are a few quick and inexpensive ways to combat this.
One way to prevent ice from forming on your windows is covering them with plastic tablecloths or old bath mats, then just remove them in the morning. You’ll find your windows ice-free! If you’re not interested in covering your car windows with plastic every night, you can also wipe the windows and your windshield down with white vinegar (undiluted) or rub a raw onion half on your windshield the night before to prevent frost build-up.
Keep a chalkboard eraser in your car for those mornings when your windshield is foggy. The nifty eraser shouldn’t leave behind smudges.
Slide a pair of old socks over your windshield wipers in the evening, so if it rains or snows, you’ll keep them from getting icy. If you forget to put the socks on your wipers one night, you can unfreeze them by soaking a soft cloth in full-strength rubbing alcohol. Then wipe each blade to prevent them from sticking to the windshield.
Frozen Locks and Doors
If you don’t have a key fob to unlock your car door, you may run into trouble with a frozen car door lock. If this happens, heat your key up with a match or lighter, then push the heated key into the lock. You should do this gently of course to avoid causing damage, and as you apply gentle pressure, the hot key should melt the ice. You can also take a drinking straw, place one side over the door lock, and blow in from the other side. Your breath can melt the ice in the lock.
To prevent the lock from freezing, you can put Vaseline or WD-40 in it, and then put your key in to to disperse the product evenly. You can prevent doors from freezing closed by spraying them with Pam or some other cooking spray in the evening.If you forget the cook spray on time you can unfreeze your windows by using a hair dryer to melt the ice. You shouldn’t force the door open; it could damage the door seal.
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