Winter driving can be tricky due to the unpredictable road and weather conditions! But don't worry, read on for our Winter Driving Tips, Tricks and Hacks to learn some easy DIY methods to make your winter driving experience a bit easier.
Be sure to check out our "How to Prepare Your Car for Winter! ("Winterizing Your Car")" post for 5 simple steps to ensure your car is prepared for the winter!
If possible, at night when you return home, park your car facing the East side. This is because the sun rises from the East side in the morning and can help with defrosting your windows!
Your windows may be fully covered in ice, and your window defrosters are not working fast enough.
Here is a recipe for a quick window defroster (note: may not work if the ice on your car is really really thick or if the weather is really cold). Use this in conjunction with your vehicle's window defrosters, as well as pre-heating your vehicle.
Note: Do NOT pour hot water on your windshield. This is very dangerous, and will cause damage to your windshield. The windshield glass is very cold when it's covered in ice. If you throw hot water on the glass, it will cause a rapid temperature change and a sudden expansion of the glass which leads to cracking or shattering of your windshield.
Also, it's best to avoid licking your windows...
Window fog is the worst. It comes out from nowhere and attacks every window it can get its hands on. Here's the fastest way to get rid of window fog:
Another way to get fog to disappear (manually, and preferably a passenger would do this) is to keep a whiteboard eraser in your car and use it on your windows. You can also fill an old sock with cat litter and place it near your window (cat litter absorbs moisture).
Anything that burns fuel produces a toxic by-product: Carbon Monoxide.
Symptoms of poisoning:
If you suspect you have carbon monoxide poisoning, immediately go to an area with fresh air and seek medical help.
Here are steps to prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning!
If you find yourself stuck in snow and unable to move, here are some steps you can do! Also, it would be easier to maneuver in winter with winter tires.
Winter conditions are unpredictable and although you have prepared your car for winter, anything could happen. This is why it's crucial to always be prepared and keep an Emergency Kit and First Aid Kit in your car. It doesn't take up much room and will come in very handy if an emergency does arise. You can find many ready-made kits available for purchase.
Emergency Kit Contents:
Other Items to Keep in your Car:
Hopefully these tips and tricks will help make your winter driving experience a little less stressful!
Remember to remove all snow and ice from your vehicle (windshield, side windows, top,side and rear of your vehicle) before driving! It will help improve your visibility and it will also increase road safety for other motorists (debris and chunks of snow/ice will not go flying into other vehicles). Allow yourself to have enough time to get to your destination, and remember to stay calm and drive safely. Give yourself more stopping distance and more space between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you. Always check the weather, and do not risk going out if road conditions are too dangerous.
Stay safe and enjoy the beauty winter brings!