More Cold Weather Car Hacks

December 28th, 2016 by

Winter Driving

Last winter, we brought you a blogpost with some of our favorite ways to save time, energy, and even money during the colder months of the year. As it turns out, there are plenty more to try, each aimed to make driving your way through winter even easier!

  1. Get a Grip There’s nothing worse than losing traction when trying to get out of a parking spot. But as temperatures drop and ice starts to form, it seems inevitable. However, help is on the way from an unfamiliar source—kitty litter. That’s right, not just a necessity for your feline friend, kitty litter is a great way to get instant traction. Simply pour some out in front of each tire, then drive over it. If you’re not up to carrying around a tub of kitty litter, another option is using your car’s floor mats. All you have to do is place them in front of each tire and drive over them (sound familiar?). Whichever option you choose, you’ll be on your way in a flash!
  2. Invest in a Good Pair of Socks The winter months can get pretty chilly and owning a good pair of socks to keep you warm is a great idea. However, that’s not the only use for socks. As it turns out, socks can be really handy around your car. Here are just a few applications. If you find yourself in an icy spot and need to walk safely or push your car, try slipping a spare pair of socks over your shoes. This will give you more, you guessed it, traction. It also has the added benefit of keeping all the muck and salt off your shoes. Another good use for socks is as windshield wiper covers. You’ll need a pretty long pair, but it’s totally worth it. Covering your blades prevents them from getting covered by ice or frozen snow and makes sure they get back to work clearing off your view!
  3. The Kitty Litter/Sock Combo Ok, so we’re starting to think the kitty litter and sock industries are in cahoots with car companies. We’ll keep our conspiracy theories to ourselves as we bring you one more cold weather car hack. One annoying part about driving in cold weather is how easily windshields and windows fog up. In fact, it’s not only annoying, it’s also dangerous. Defrosters can take a while to kick in as your car warms up, but by using our two favorite products, you can speed up the process. Take a dress sock (the thinner fabric the better) and fill it with kitty litter. Then take the other sock and slide it over the open end of the first one. Use a few rubber bands to keep them in place. Place your new “defrosters” on your dashboard and rear window. The kitty litter will help absorb moisture. And there you have them, three more cold weather car hacks to get you through the frightful time of the year. As always, make sure your car is up for any driving conditions by bringing it into Keffer for regular service.
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