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Keeping Your Windshield Free of Snow and Ice, Man Cleaning Snow and Ice off of Windshield

Keeping Your Windshield Free of Snow and IceDuring the winter it can be a real chore to get all the snow and ice off your windshield before heading out in the morning. This is a page about keeping your windshield free of snow and ice.

 

Preparing Your Car for Winter, Young man putting snow chains on his car tire

Preparing Your Car for WinterWhether you have overdue maintenance or need to collect emergency supplies, making sure your car is prepared for winter is important to do before winter arrives. This is a page about preparing your car for winter.

 

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Prevent Frost On Car Mirrors With Plastic BagsIf you do not have a garage for car during the stormy winter months, cover mirrors with a baggie. (The best are Hefty Ziplock Gallon Freezer bags). That way your mirror stays frost and snow free.

 

Removing Ice from Your Windshield, Gloved hand scraping icy windshield.

Removing Ice from Your WindshieldThis is a page about removing ice from your windshield. A ritual of winter is removing ice from from your windshield. In addition to the obvious purchased ice scraper there are other ways of removing ice from your windshield.

 

A man pushing a car that is stuck in the snow.

Solutions for a Car or Truck Stuck in the Snow?Being stuck in the snow is similar to having your car stuck in sand or mud. You need to use something under your tires to improve traction. This is a page about solutions for a car or truck stuck in the snow.

 

Opening a Frozen Car Door

Opening a Frozen Car Door?This is a page about opening a frozen car door. It is cold out and you are in a rush to begin your day. It is not the time to find the car door frozen shut.

 

A girl trying to drive on snow and ice.

Getting Traction When Driving on IceThis is a page about getting traction when driving on ice. It is easy to lose traction on icy roads or driveways.

 

Man Putting Chains on His Car in the Snow

Winter DrivingThis is a page about winter driving. Driving in the snow and ice can be treacherous. Being prepared for all contingencies when driving in the winter is the key.

 

Saving Money on Studded Tires, A close up of the studs on the tread of a snow tire.

Storing Snow TiresThis is a page about storing snow tires. Studded snow tires are necessary during the winter for many areas, but they can take up a lot of room in your garage or shed during the summer.

 

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Start Heater Before Car is WarmThis is especially for people who live in pretty cold climates, but it's probably a very good idea anywhere. When it is cold and you get in your vehicle to drive, turn your heater up all the way as soon as you start the engine.

 

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Squeegee to Clean WindshieldIf your car is parked outdoors overnight and you have to clean frost from your windshield, start your defroster then use a mini bathroom squeegee to scrape the window.

 

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Hot Bricks to Defrost WindshieldOn a crisp, icy morning, I've been stumped as to how to defrost the windshield. My solution? I normally leave three or four 1/2 bricks on top of my wood stove to wrap in a towel and apply to whatever part of my body is wacky that day.

 

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Use Your Duster For Cleaning Snow Off Your CarUse your Synthetic Duster with handle as a means to remove the snow from your car. It works really well and it has found a new home in my car. The broom has been retired back to my home.

 

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Emergency Car HeaterThe weather outside is frightful. A nice gift to your family this time of year is a homemade car heater.

 

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Recycle CDs as Ice ScraperWe get a lot of snow here and my daughter discovered that an old CD works great as an ice scraper for the car windshield.

 

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Keeping Side Mirrors Clear of IceIf you have those big rearview mirrors on your car or truck and you know an ice storm is coming, here's a cheap trick to keep them clean.

 

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Use Salt Water to Prevent Ice on Car WindowsThis tip is especially helpful for this time of year, the winter months, when layers of frost accumulate inside our car windows. To prevent this from happening, rub your windows with a solution of two tablespoons of salt in one gallon of hot water. Wipe dry.

 

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Watch For Small Animals Hiding In Car EnginesWith colder temperatures in effect, remember that warm engines attract cats and other small animals who may crawl up under the hood. To avoid injuring any animals, bang on your car's hood to scare them away before starting your engine.

 

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A Heavy Duty Battery For Cold WeatherA tiny spare tire isn't the only way in which car manufacturers are sneaking weight and raw material from new models. Puny batteries are another concession to mileage improvement and cost cutting.

 

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Vinegar for Icy Windshield?Were do you store the vinegar? Can you keep the vinegar spray bottle in the car? Does it freeze? I park on the street and have a 1 year old, and MPLS gets very cold. I am hoping you say it doesn't freeze so I can keep it in my car! :-)

 

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Car Doors Frozen?How do I unfreeze my doors to get them open?

 

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Windshield Washer Solution for Winter?When I used the windshield washer system on my car last winter (ice condition weather), the water on the windshield became ice very soon. Now what kind of alcohol can I mix with water and at what percent?

 

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Using Vinegar to Remove Ice on Windshield?How do I use vinegar to get ice off my windshield?

 

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Preventing Ice and Snow Buildup on Wipers?How can I prevent ice and snow build up on wipers while driving? It is a pain when you are driving and you have to pull over to knock off the ice and snow all the time. And yes I do try the windshield washer fluid, but it doesn't seem to help much. Thanks.

 

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Using Freezer Paper to Prevent Ice on Windshield?Has anyone tried using freezer paper on a windshield to prevent ice from sticking to it?

 

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