To prevent ice buildup, try Prestone Ice & Frost Shield. “You spray it on before heading in for the night or when you arrive at work,” says automotive expert Rick Muscoplat. “Any snow or freezing rain won’t stick to your windshield. I gave it to my daughter and she uses it when she arrives at work. If it snows during the day, she just has to turn on the wipers and go.” 36 simple interior and exterior car detailing tips
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See Out of Your Windshield Better
"When you’re behind the wheel, nothing is more crucial than good visibility. But like most other drivers, I usually procrastinate cleaning my windshield wipers or even replacing them if necessary. Windshield wipers are notorious for drying out and cracking in a short time. To help prolong their life and clean them, soak a clean white rag with your favorite glass cleaner. Wipe the rag up and down the length of your wiper blades. You'll see the results on the rag, and you'll see out your windshield much better in the rain." — Jim Nobilione
We’ve all experienced screeching windshield wiper blades, so learn how to eliminate this noisy issue.
Helpful Hint for Winter Driving
When there’s snow and ice on the roads and you’re finding that you don’t have enough traction to get up hills or you fishtail going around curves, it’s a sign that you could use more weight.
Adding water softener salt bags in the trunk of your rear-wheel-drive vehicle will add weight to the backside of your car. This helps with traction on ice and snow during the nightmarish winter driving season.
However, please note that this tip does not hold true for front-wheel-drive vehicles, although having some emergency salt in the back of your car will help with urgent icy situations.
Keep Your Car Clean, for Good!
Keeping your car clean can be difficult. There are dirt roads, messy trees, pet hair, food crumbs and wrappers. And there's likely trash on the car's floor, under the seats and in the seat cracks. Toss out any wrappers, bottles and other objects in the sturdy car trash can! Line a plastic cereal container with a grocery bag and use it as an in-car trash can. To keep the container upright, apply a strip of self-adhesive hook and loop fastener to the bottom of the container, so it'll stick to your car's carpet.
Get your vehicle looking like new with these 36 simple interior and exterior car detailing tips that you can do yourself.
Freshen your car with scented candle wax. Punch holes in the lid of a mason jar using a hammer and a large nail for a DIY car air freshener. Add wax to the jar and replace the lid. When the temperature in your car rises, the wax will melt, filling your car with a lovely fragrance. Car maintenance can be daunting. Make sure you are aware of these best car maintenance apps.
Here’s a tip I learned from my father. Attach a roll of paper towels to the inside of your car trunk lid with a short bungee cord. The towels will be handy but won’t take up space (or get wrecked) rolling around your trunk. — Donald Boland
One simple way to keep your car clean is to cut scraps of old carpet to fit on the floor as mats. And when the DIY carpet scraps inevitably get all dirty with mushy winter snow or summer sand, you could either give them a wash or toss them out and make more.
A word of caution, do not put these DIY car mats on the driver's side of the car unless grippers are attached on the bottom side to ensure that the mat does not slip forward while driving.
I kept dropping things such as my keys or cell phone in the gap between the driver’s seat and the console in my car. It is tough to retrieve the items dropped in that space because the gap is so small and my hand doesn’t fit. I usually ended up reaching for a stick or wire hanger to pull the items out, which is not very convenient.
Recently, I found this solution: I cut pieces of foam pipe insulation to the length of the gaps, and then I wedged them in the gaps on either side of the console. Nothing falls into the gaps anymore! — James Goldstein
Fix That Leaky Sunroof
If raindrops keep falling on your head, it’s probably because your sunroof drains are clogged. That’s something you can fix yourself in just a few minutes. Open the sunroof and look for drain holes in the front and rear corners of your sunroof.
Heavy frost warnings tonight? Fill a spray bottle with three parts vinegar and one part water. Right before it gets dark outside, shake the mixture well and spray it evenly on your car windows. The acetic acid in the vinegar will prevent water from freezing on your windows overnight. — Kevin Sullivan. Plus: Keep this survival kit in your car all winter long.
You can rejuvenate your car’s finish yourself and get it pretty darn close to the factory shine. But it takes more than a simple wax job. The process starts with a good wash, followed by scratch repair, polishing and a protective wax finish. A pro would charge upward of $200 for this. But after a one-time $200 investment for a polisher and supplies, you’ll be able to make your whole fleet look like new. Your first attempt will take a whole day.
All tires lose air, so check your tires monthly. Always use the same tire pressure gauge and check the air pressure first thing in the morning, not after you’ve driven on them or they’ve been sitting in the hot sun. Inflate to the pressures listed on the carmaker’s decal (on the driver’s door or jamb), NOT the maximum pressure listed on the tire. The recommended tire pressure is based on the weight of your particular vehicle, not the tire brand or tread style.
Find out all you need to know about tires, especially how often they need to be rotated.
Not in the mood to brush snow or scrape ice off your windshield? This cover from Sukuos allows you to just pull off the cover and shake the snow and ice off. One user said it is easy to install and remove and does the job. “This morning the back window was under a thick layer of snow even after I scraped it off. However, I pulled this cover off the front windshield and had the perfect view,” he said.
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Brad Holden, an associate editor at The Family Handyman, has been building cabinets and furniture for 30 years. In that time, he has absorbed so many slivers and ingested so much sawdust that he's practically made of wood.