Snow Day Tips & Tricks

Snow Day Tricks for You & Your Car

Dealing with snow today? You'll want to know these tricks to make your day easier. [caption id="attachment_1366" align="alignright" width="300"]Defrost windshield in snow Defrost your windshield quickly with an inexpensive and easy solution![/caption]

Defrost your windshield in record time

Do you have to leave your car outside overnight? We know how pesky it is to have to defrost your windshield! Learn how to defrost you windshield in seconds: "Mix ⅓ part water and ⅔ part isopropyl or rubbing alcohol together and pour into a spray bottle. Spray the solution onto your windshield, and voila! You’ll see the ice disappear instantly." Click the picture below for a video and more information about this deicing solution.

Car door lock covered in ice?

  • If you find the lock already frozen, you can spay de-icer into the lock. It is good to keep a few cans handy in the winter months.
  • If you do not have de-icer, Petroleum jelly or Vaseline can melt the ice. Dip the key into the Vaseline, then insert it into the lock. Once in the lock try to wiggle the key. Do not force the key to turn; this could result in breaking the key off in the lock. If this does not work right away, repeat the steps three or four more times, then wait for five minutes.

Avoid ice-covered side mirrors

To prevent ice from forming on side mirrors, cover them the night before with plastic bags secured with rubber bands or clothespins. When you remove the bags in the morning, the mirrors will be ice-free! If you have heated mirrors, remember to turn on the heaters when you start your car, in addition to the front and rear windshield defrosters.

At V&F

Winter is inevitable here in New England, so let's enjoy the beautiful view of the snow and use these simple solutions to make our lives easier! #snow #snowday #staysafe At V&F, we strive to provide our customers with a well-rounded knowledge of all things automotive. Since 1988, our family-owned and operated service center has been providing top-quality auto repair services to Agawam, Feeding Hills, Southwick, West Springfield, and the surrounding Massachusetts communities. If your car needs maintenance or repair before this winter season, call us at (413)314-2280 or schedule an appointment online. Schedule Service   This article was originally published in 2017 and has been updated.  

Written by Nicole Palange