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As if driving in winter weren’t bad enough, sometimes you can’t even get into your vehicle without a struggle. Fortunately, we’ve rounded up some helpful car tips to get you through the winter months. Learn how to unfreeze locked doors, keep your wipers clean and many more car tips and tricks!

12 Car Hacks to Get You Through Winter
Car Hacks for the Winter Months

Raise your windshield wipers before the snow comes. There’s nothing worse than trying to unstick wipers from your windshield or digging them out from under a blanket of snow and ice.

Put tube socks over your wiper blades to keep them ice free.

Cat litter can help your tires gain traction in snowy and icy conditions. Keep some in your trunk.

Put Ziploc bags over your side mirrors to prevent ice from covering them during the night.

A sock full of cat litter pulls moisture out of the air in your car, making foggy windows a thing of the past.

If you drive a rear-wheel vehicle, add sandbags (or anything heavy) to the truck bed or the trunk of the car to help with traction.

Car Tricks and Tips for Winter

Car Tricks & Tips for Winter

Make your own de-icer using rubbing alcohol, dish soap and water. It probably won’t work on a thick layer of ice, but it should work when the windows are merely frosty.

Keep a winter emergency kit in your car with a blanket, warm weather accessories, hand warmers, snacks and more. You never know when your car will break down or when you’ll get stuck on bad roads!

Lost your ice scraper? A credit card works in a pinch. So do student ID cards and gift cards, for any college students out there.

Apply cooking spray to the rubber seals on your car do to keep them from sticking when the temperatures drop.

Fog-proof your windshield with shaving cream. Get the cheap stuff; no need to spend much on it.

Put hand sanitizer on your key to unfreeze the lock. Bonus: It also helps prevent freezing in the future.

Learn how to jump a car. It’s so important, especially in cold weather!