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When your car's locks are covered in ice

When you park your car outside in winter, you may have to deal with ice your locks. If you don't have remote-controlled car locks, this can be a problem. There's an easy answer though. Alcohol! A handy tip is to cover the key in hand sanitizer and gently push your way into the lock. The alcohol in the hand sanitizer will melt ice.

Alcohol-based products, such as hand sanitizer and rubbing alcohol, can work for iced-over windshields as well. Vinegar an be another solution when rubbing alcohol is unavailable

When your car's wheels don't get traction

Sometimes, when your car's tires are deep in snow, they will have trouble gaining traction. What they need is something that offers friction, that gives them something to grip onto. Kitty litter is a great way to get a car out of a slippery situation. Just place some kitty litter under the driven tires, or the ones that spin and off you go!

When you need to keep your wiper blades from freezing

Deep winter could can also make car windshield wipers freeze. Some people try putting their wiper blades in the upright position in hopes they don't freeze. Others try slathering hand sanitizer on the wipers. Both solutions offer little hope. A great tip is to cover the wipers with old socks. The socks take all the ice, leaving the blades clean inside.

Keep your mirrors ice-free

Your windshield wipers and door locks are not the only things that are likely to freeze. Your side mirrors can catch a lot of ice too. Luckily there's a way to keep this from happening. Just as you would use socks for windshield wipers, you can use plastic grocery bags to protect your mirrors. The bags catch the ice, with the mirrors inside completely free of ice formation.

Keep your car waxed up

Driving through snow, dirt and salt, your car can build up a thick layer of gunk over time. This corrosive layer can wreak havoc on your car's paint finish. The best way to keep this from happening is to make sure that your keep your car and under carriage clean at one of our RIO Car Wash locations in VA Beach, Richmond, Midlothian, or Fredericksburg, VA and keep a coat of polish on the car at all times.

The problems that you face with your car when it snows are nothing new. A little preparation though will help make those cold icy mornings a little easier to deal with.