If you live in places like say, California, winter driving can be a relative breeze. But, what of all the other dozens of states that get severely impacted from around November through March? For those who live in said states, navigating the cold is pretty commonplace, but a quick refresh never hurts. It pays to be prepared for ice-, snow- and sleet-covered roads, and Advance Auto Parts is here with winter driving tips and more for the season.
Frozen car door locks: avoid the frustration.
There are steps you can take that won’t cost you anything, like parking your car in the sunshine. Or, you can be even more proactive and use a lock lubricant once a year to help avoid freezing. This is the best way to prevent frozen locks as they won’t attract moisture.
One of the best products for treating frozen car door locks is Lubricant Sil-Glyde by American Grease Stick Co. This wonder stick contains a de-icer lubricant that thaws frozen locks quickly and easily, and has a convenient squirt tube with special tip that fits into keyholes.
The best ways to scrape and remove snow or ice from your car.
If time is not a factor, simply turn your car on and then turn on front and rear defrosters on to high. After 10-15 minutes or so, you can use a snow brush or other snow removal tool to get that snow and ice off. Another trick to remove snow is to use a towel/tarp to cover the windshield the night before it snows; all you have to do is simply remove the cover when the snow is over.
If you’re in a hurry, you can use the Prestone Windshield De-Icer with Scraper. This product contains a de-icer, which melts ice fast much faster than just a defroster, and helps reduce dangerous refreeze. This is a great product because it also contains a built-in ice-scraper to clear icy windshields and headlights.
Snow chains or snow tires?
Snow chains (such as the Laclede Passenger Link Tire Chains) can help you if you must drive during a heavy snowstorm. However, remember that tire chains must be removed after the snow is ended, as snow chains limit your top speed and can damage the road surface.
An alternative to chains are snow tires, which are specifically engineered for constant winter and snow use. These tires are more expensive than regular ties, and more often than not, the manufacturers recommend mounting the snow tires on separate rims. But there can be significant value in having snow tires if you drive in wintry conditions. Once on the road, try to keep within the tracks formed by the vehicles in front of you.
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