Winter weather can ruin your day. Check out these winter weather tips, so that when snow strikes, you're ready.
- Spray your snow shovel with cooking oil. The snow won't get stuck to the shovel, making your shoveling job easier.
- Lay out a tarp on your sidewalk or driveway before it snows. Make sure you weigh the tarp down with firewood so it doesn't blow away. Then, tie some twine to both the tarp and a shovel—this will help you pull out your tarp (and clear your walk!) once the snow falls.
- Make your own de-icing spray from vinegar and rubbing alcohol. Before it snows, coat your sidewalk with a spray made of 3 parts vinegar, 1 part water. Then, to minimize icing after a storm, spray a mix of 2 parts rubbing alcohol, 1 part water on your steps and sidewalks.
- To prevent your windshield wipers from getting covered with snow and ice overnight, raise them up and cover them with a pair of old socks.
- If you have a similar problem with your mirrors icing up, zip a large Ziploc bag around them and they will stay clear.
- If you have the option, park your car facing east. When the sun rises, it will help to melt some of the ice and snow that accumulated overnight.
- If you're in a pinch with an icy windshield and no scraper, you can use a hard (non-metal) spatula or old credit card to clear your windshield.
- If you need help de-icing your car locks, use hand sanitizer. Just make sure the sanitizer contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Struggling with foggy windows? Spray a layer of shaving cream on the inside of your windows and wipe it clean.