Winter Hacks For Your Car

by Easton Motors
12/21/2017 - Wisconsin Dells, WI

 

Top 10 winter hacks for your car

It should come as no surprise to Wisconsin winter survivors: Wisconsin winters are COLD… bitterly cold, frozen-toes cold, my-face-hurts-and-I-can’t-blink cold. It can get so cold your car won’t start and your nose won’t stop.
But don’t fret; Easton Motors is here to help. Hopefully you’ve already taken advantage of our financing and we’ve helped you into a dependable vehicle. Here’s our top 10 winter hacks for your car:

  1.  If you decide to trust the weather report which is rarely accurate, and there is a snow storm on the way, raise your wipers (some people even cover them with old socks) to prevent them from freezing to your windshield overnight. Keep your keyhole from freezing up                               
  2. Another great spray-can to keep in your car is WD- 40. You can spray this into the keyhole of your car door to help prevent the lock from icing up. Is your lock already frozen? Use a straw to blow warm air into the lock to help it thaw faster. You can also try to squeeze a little hand-sanitizer into the lock. Still froze? Use a lighter to heat up your key so it can help melt the ice as you put the key into the lock. This one may take a few attempts, but you should be in your car in no time.                                                
  3. Clean the inside of your windshield once in a while with shaving cream to help minimize the foggy windshield you get in the morning when you turn the defrost on. Also, be sure not to keep open containers of liquids in your car overnight as they will evaporate and add to the fog on your windshield. With that said, do not keep any unopened containers of fizzy liquids in your car overnight as they will freeze and explode into sticky splatters all over the inside of your vehicle that you will never get completely cleaned off. Trust us, this one is from experience.                       
  4. If you decide to trust the weather report which is rarely accurate, and there is a snow storm on the way, raise your wipers (some people even cover them with old socks) to prevent them from freezing to your windshield overnight.                                                                                        
  5. Another great use for your old or orphaned socks-fill them with kitty litter and place in your car. They will help absorb moisture to aid in keeping your windows fog free, and they help neutralize odors to keep your car smelling fres                                                                                           
  6. Keep a credit card with a low credit limit or a money card with $500-$1000 in your vehicle at all times. When traveling you have the peace of mind knowing you have access to emergency “cash” and in a pinch you can use it to scrape ice off your windshield.                           Clean your headlights with Toothpaste                          
  7. Clean your headlights with toothpaste every now and then. Be sure to use the paste, not the gel. This will help keep your headlights bright.                                                                                  
  8. Most people already put extra weight in the back of their vehicles for the snowy months. This is another great way to use cat litter. Place as many bags as you need in the back of your car for the added weight to help get better traction on the road. If you do end up in the ditch, you can spread some by your tires to keep from spinning your wheels.                                                                
  9. Park your car facing east overnight. When the sun comes up in the morning it will help melt some of the snow to make it easier for you to remove.                                                                                                                  
  10. Last, but not least, do the penny test on your tires. Take a penny and flip it over so Abe is Test your tires with a pennyupside down. Hold the penny in the tread of your tire. If you see all of Abe’s head it is time for new tires. You have a great vehicle and want to take care of it, so don’t forget to give it proper “socks and shoes” for the winter. In other words, make sure your brakes and tires are ready for the frozen tundra.

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