Living in Colorado has its pros and cons. Most of us can agree that utilizing your vehicle during the winter months is the source of many of those cons. Dead batteries, frozen windshields, doors sticking and locks freezing are just a few examples of the Colorado winter driving woes. We want to help make these months go by just a little smoother. Here are 10 tips and tricks to get you and your car through the winter.
Raise Your Windshield Wipers: Before the next big snow storm, try raising your windshield wipers to prevent trying to un-stick them from your windshield or digging them out from under the snow and ice.
Use Kitty Litter: Kitty litter can help give you traction in icy conditions. If placed in a sock or permeable bag, kitty litter will pull the moisture out of the air in your car making your foggy windshield a thing of the past.
Ziploc Bags: Cover your side view mirrors with Ziploc bags during the night to prevent ice from forming on them.
Sandbags: For all of you rear-wheel drivers out there, please place sandbags or other heavy object over the rear axle to help increase your traction.
Make Your Own De-Icer: Mix 2/3 rubbing alcohol and 1/3 water into a spray bottle and leave it in your car for a quick and easy de-icer. Be sure to spray it on at night or if you are leaving your car for an extended amount of time in the cold and it will also help prevent ice from forming.
Winter Emergency Kit: Make sure you always have a winter emergency kit in your car. This kit should include things like a blanket, warm gloves, hand warmers, de-icer, and snacks.
Credit Card: Not only can you buy your way out of trouble with a credit card, but if you forget your ice scraper you can use your credit card or ID card to scrape your windshield.
Cooking Spray: If your car doors or trunk freeze shit a lot in the winter, try spraying some cooking spray on the rubber seals around the door and trunk. The cooking spray will help keep the rubber from sticking when it gets cold.
Shaving Cream: If you rub in shaving cream on the inside of your windows you can prevent them from fogging up.
Hand Sanitizer: Put hand sanitizer on your key to help unfreeze your locks.
We hope some of these tips will help make your winter driving a little more tolerable. Most importantly this winter season, make sure you slow down and drive safe. Thank you from all of us here at John Elway Chevrolet.