It is a topic which I rarely get tired of discussing. Okay, by spring, I am over it. But every year, there are more interesting suggestions and tips to combat the ice and snow on the roads, and I am always fascinated.
But first, let’s go over some of the basics for safe winter driving:
1. Time – As much time as you can get before heading out on icy roads, the better. Everything will take longer. Even walking out to the car will take longer.
2. Slow Down – If you can keep your speeds down, and anticipate your starts and stops, it will be a much safer journey. And four wheel-drive doesn’t equal four wheel stop.
3. Don’t slam on your brakes, and don’t use cruise control. Pump your brakes as the car corrects itself, and save the cruise control for dry roadways.
4. Don’t go anywhere unprepared. Dress warm, and have your emergency box in your trunk or cargo area. Your box should contain the following:
1st Aid Kit
5. Get your car in good working order. Change out your oil, make sure your windshield wiper fluid reservoir is full of fluid that can stand the colder temperatures. Good tires are important too. If money is tight, look for sales. And used snow tires are better than none.
And now, some new tips!!!!
6. You can keep your headlights clear with car wax. Just wipe on….it contains special water repellents, and will last for 6 weeks.
7. Squeak-proof your wipers with rubbing alcohol. Wipe the wipers with a cloth, and not only are they quiet…they clear better!
8. Prevent car doors from freezing shut with cooking spray. Spritz the rubber seals, and rub with a paper towel. The spray prevents the water from being absorbed into the rubber.
9. Fog-proof your windshield with shaving cream. Spray some shaving cream on the inside of your windshield and wipe it off with paper towels. Shaving cream has many of the same ingediennts found in commercial defoggers.
10. And finally, de-ice your lock in seconds with hand sanitizer. Just put some hand sanitizer gel on the key and the lock and the problem is solved!
– by Lynn Carey