Scraper in hand, you tackle the snow and ice that cover the windshield. You slip behind the wheel with a sigh of relief, but when you turn the key in the contact, it sends you a weak “click.” The day is long!
Here’s an easy guide that will help you overcome common winter driving issues. Sometimes, to get where you need to go, all you need is a little preparation, some household products and a bit of ingenuity.
Automobile batteries generally have a life of four or five years. Have a mechanic test your battery before the mercury falls? When you drive, you can reduce battery discharge by lowering the speed of the heating fan and turning off window defrosters when you do not need them. Keep booster cables in the vehicle and learn how to use them safely. Joining a roadside assistance service cannot hurt either.
Here is a respectable way to say goodbye to the ice on your windshield: cover it with a piece of cardboard, old bath mats or even a plastic tablecloth. Take off and shake in the morning, simply!
Windows and locks of frozen doors
Never use water, it will only aggravate the situation. Try this instead:
Unlock another door.
Wearing gloves, heat your key with a lighter and gently push it into the lock.
Blow sizzling air directly on the lock for a few minutes with a hair dryer or straw.
As a precautionary measure, you can spray silicone, WD-40 or coating for cooking on windows and locks.
Have lock de-ice on hand.
Frost inside the windows
To prevent frost inside windows, remove wet floor mats and let them dry in the house overnight. You can also get the silicone bags that are found in shoe boxes and leave them in the car: they will absorb moisture. It is also possible to purchase an anti-fog spray at the hardware store.
In the evening, put old stockings on your windshield wipers to prevent them from freezing. To thaw, wipe with a soft cloth dipped in pure friction alcohol. You can also pick them up at night.
Let the machine idle for 30 seconds before you leave. If you do it longer, you waste gas, increase engine wear and shorten engine oil life. Consider buying a block heater, an electrical appliance that is plugged overnight to preheat the coolant and oil. Its use reduces fuel consumption and makes the cabin heats up faster.
Replace a flat tire: do not forget the safety triangle
Is your tire flat? Unfortunately, this is a fairly common breakdown, and you can change the tire yourself. To do this, make sure to respect the following:
If possible, put your car safely on the side of the road and turn on your hazard lights. Remember to wear a fluorescent safety vest and place the safety triangle upstream of the traffic. Both of these elements are mandatory in our country!
If you place a spare wheel, remember that this is only a temporary solution to get to the nearest garage. If you ride with a spare wheel, you must respect a certain speed limit (usually 50) indicated on the tire.
To change the wheel, stop preferably on flat ground on the side of the road. Pull your handbrake and engage a gear.
Have a snow broom, a small shovel, booster cables, gloves, windshield wiper fluid and a flashlight in the car, as well as an emergency kit containing water bottles and non-food items. Perishable. Make sure your gas tank is at minimum half full. This helps prevent moisture in the fuel system and prevent it from freezing and will allow you to run the engine to be warm if you get stuck.