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WINTER is now upon us and it’s time to think about extra precautions when taking to the roads. No need to worry about the latest gadgets however – here’s how handy household items can help tackle the frost tackle.

Leasing company Vehicle Contracts has identified six unusual driving hacks to make your journey that much safer and easier this winter.

1. Use Hand Sanitiser To Defrost Keys

Nowadays everyone tends to have hand sanitizer on them, which makes this particular hack all the more convenient. If you use a manual car key, it’s a common occurrence for the keyhole to freeze over making it impossible to turn the lock. If you break the key in the lock, replacement car keys cost up to £250, so it can be a costly issue to solve.

One of the key ingredients of hand sanitiser is alcohol, which will cause any ice to simply melt away. Cover your keys in hand sanitiser and it should glide in no problem!

2. Clear Your Windshield With Shaving Cream

A fogged up windshield can take a long time to clear on a morning, adding valuable time to your journey and posing a hazard if you set off without waiting for it to clear properly. Drivers can also be fined £60 and given 3 points on their licence for failing to clear their windscreen.

To save on time, clean the inside of your windscreen with shaving cream – we promise it works! Shaving cream is made with many of the same ingredients as de-foggers, so it can speed up the de-fogging process first thing in the morning and prevent your windscreen from fogging up again while on your journey.

3. Put Socks On Your Windscreen Wipers

If you’re parking outside during winter, you may find that your windscreen wipers can stick to the window. To stop this from happening, pop a pair of long socks on your windscreen wipers to stop snow and ice from collecting there – remove them in the morning when you need your car then remember to put them on again before you leave your car for the night!

4. Use Cat Litter For Better Wheel Traction

Driving on ice is one of motorists biggest fears in winter. Keeping a bag of cat litter in the boot can put some of those fears at rest. If you find that your car is struggling to drive over black ice or a snowy patch, sprinkle a handful of cat litter on the road just behind your rear tyres to give your wheels some much-needed traction.

5. Cover Side Mirrors With Plastic Bags

To save valuable time clearing your car of ice and snow on a morning, consider covering your side mirrors with plastic bags – any kind will do! From a bag for life to a bin bag, as long as the wing mirrors are covered and the bag is secured with a plastic band, you’ll find that they’re nice and clear when you remove the bags in the morning.

6. Spray Your Car Doors With Cooking Spray

Every part of your car’s exterior is liable to freeze and stick in place overnight. If you’re worried about your car doors freezing shut, spray a simple cooking spray along the rubber edges of your car doors. Wipe away the excess then close the doors and leave it overnight. In the morning, your car doors should open easily even if the rest of the car is icy!

Robert Harris, Director at Vehicle Contracts said: £Most people don’t realise how many household items can be used to improve their driving safety in winter. Clever hacks can save motorists time and money With no need to spend on specialist de-icer products, you can invest in worthwhile winter safety items such as winter tyres, a snow shovel, torch and blanket in case you get caught out by extreme winter weather.”



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