We're more than halfway through the winter, but it's the last half that can be the meanest. Check out these tried-and-true tricks for staying warm, safe and stress-free in the dead of winter.
1. To keep your wipers from freezing to your windshield at night, raise them up and cover them with socks.
2. Using a straw to blow on the ice while dolloping on a little hand sanitizer will melt the ice in a frozen lock.
3. Of course, you can always just heat a car key for a frozen lock.
4. Spray on a layer of shaving cream and wipe it off the inside of the windows to keep them from fogging up.
5. It sounds crazy, but a sock filled with cat litter will absorb moisture and prevent frost on the inside of the car.
6. A quick spray of cooking spray on the rubber edges of the car doors will keep them from freezing shut.
7. Never melt ice with hot water. It will crack your windshield.
8. A good ice scraper will get you through almost anything winter throws your way.
9. Membership cards and plastic spatulas can be used as ice scrapers if you get stuck.
10. An open-faced smack will work if your car is covered in pure ice.
11. And if you can get the windows down, nothing is more satisfying than this:
12. A freezer bag over the side view mirrors will keep them from freezing over.
13. Give your lights a quick clean with toothpaste for minty extra brightness on dark winter nights.
14. Check out this super handy penny test to check the tread on your tires.
15. A 20-pound bag of kitty litter will give your back-end some extra weight on slippery roads.
16. Cardboard sheets will help you get traction for stuck and spinning out tires.
17. Three parts vinegar to one part water in a spray bottle makes an eco-friendly de-icer blend. (Just don't use hot water.)
18. A pair of old socks to wear over your shoes will give extra traction when pushing a car out of the snow.