I live in Las Vegas. It’s been in the mid to high 70s during the day over the last few weeks.
Now, before you decide you want to punch me in the face, hear me out. I, too, know the anguish of stepping outside and instantly looking (and feeling) like Jack Nicholson at the end of The Shining. I know the agony of stepping outside to a car that is so unbelievably frozen, it seems it would take the power of a thousand suns to thaw it. And I know the torment of shoveling away pounds upon pounds of snow in an attempt to get out of the driveway, only to put it in reverse and get myself more stuck than I was in the first place.
I GET IT. I lived in the tundra of Michigan my entire life until only a few months ago – and that included many years on the west side of the state that was always blasted by brutal lake effect blizzard conditions. I officially FEEL YOUR PAIN, my friend. And here’s proof that I was forced to endure the brutal Polar Vortex of 2014:
Some days I’d find myself angrily pointing my ice scraper like a magical and ancient spear up at the sky to curse the clouds for sending wintry weather. And then, right on cue, the clouds would be like “haha” and drop another foot of snow and ice to spite me. There’s nothing left to do at that point but wish for summer and weep until your poor tears become freeze-dried, in my opinion. But, if you’re feeling more Pollyanna than Grumpy Cat, you could also employ these user-tested winter driving hacks and DIY defrosting solutions. Check them out!
5 Genius Winter Car Hacks
Spray Vinegar to Prevent Ice Buildup on Your Windshield
You know you’re from [insert state with harsh winters] when you see someone during arctic conditions with the windows rolled down and their head sticking out like a dog who just wants to enjoy the breeze. Obviously, they’ve just given up on defrosting and decided to utilize the canine method to see where the heck they’re going (see, I really am from the Midwest).
This vinegar trick has been floating around on the Internet rumor mill for a while, but it seems to have some serious street cred. If you’d like to give it the old college try, mix a 2:1 ratio of vinegar and water in a spray bottle and apply to your windshield at night or before a storm to prevent ice buildup. (Another hint to utilize in the process: Put your windshield wipers up to keep them from freezing, too.)
Avoid Extra Scraping By Putting Plastic Bags on Your Mirrors
I’ve been called an ice queen a few times in my life, and there’s nothing like getting behind the wheel and looking in a completely frozen driver’s door mirror to see a lack of reflection that essentially verifies it. (My cold heart has since melted.) If only I’d known of this smart tip I found through the wonders of the Internet: Secure plastic bags on your outside mirrors to prevent ice and frost buildup.
Keep a Bag of Kitty Litter in Your Trunk
Meow. Meow. Meow. Oh, don’t speak cat? Allow me to translate: Always have non-clumping kitty litter on hand to pour in the path of your wheels for traction in the event you’re stuck in a nasty mess of snowy slush. But, wait! There’s more! That hefty and heavy bag of kitty litter in your trunk adds weight to the back of your car, giving you even more traction for safety.
Prevent Doors from Freezing Shut with Cooking Spray
No doubt Martha Stewart came up with this method. (I suspect it’s probably something she thought of while doing quaint crafts behind the steel doors of her lavishly decorated jail cell, but that’s neither here nor there.) To break into your ice-laden car without breaking your spirit, try coating the rubber seals around your doors with cooking spray to prevent them from freezing overnight or during a particularly harsh storm.
Thaw Locks with Hand Sanitizer
The flavor can be sun-ripened strawberry, juniper joy or magnificent magnolia. Or it can be the kind that smells like straight-up rubbing alcohol. Whatever the scent of the bottle you keep in your purse or back pocket, try covering your car key in it the next time you’re faced with a frozen lock. Just as alcohol warms the body on a chilly day, the alcohol on the key warms the ice that’s clogging up the inside of your lock.
Though you may be convinced otherwise, you will survive the nasty weather in Kentucky. YOU WILL. These winter hacks will make it easier and, of course, a storm-ready ride from Glenn’s Freedom Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Lexington will, too. There’s the 2015 Dodge Charger with its heat-inducing remote start system, the 2015 Jeep Wrangler with its famous 4×4 capabilities, the luxurious 2015 Chrysler 300 with its available All-Wheel Drive (AWD) system and front and rear heated seats, and the 2015 Ram 1500 with its tough-as-nails 395-horsepower engine – and that’s only the beginning of our top-notch new and pre-owned inventory at Glenn’s Freedom Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram.
Stay warm and safe out there on the roads of Danville, Richmond, Georgetown and beyond. And remember: Winter WILL end… someday.