It sure is getting cold here in the UK as the temperatures plummet across the nation. If you are a motorist then you know what this means…frost!
Not only can frost on a vehicle cause delays but if it is not dealt with properly before hitting the road, it can have devastating consequences.
As with most things, frost doesn’t require you to go out and buy expensive products to deal with it. There are many cheap but effective things that you can do yourself and we are going to be sharing a few of those today.
1. Use a Towel
One of the simplest ways that you can keep the windscreen of your car free from frost is by covering it overnight with an old towel or cloth.
You can take this a step further by soaking the towel in salt and water beforehand which will help to prevent the freezing process.
This won’t keep all the frost out but it will prevent the worst of it building up. Any frost that is left can easily be removed with the car heater.
2. Plastic Bags on Wing Mirrors
Have any plastic bags laying around? You can put them to good use by placing a bag over the mirror and holding it in place with an elastic band. This will help keep the worst of the frost away.
If you can find a plastic bag with absolutely no holes in it then your mirror should be completely frost-free in the morning.
Here in the UK, if you are caught driving your vehicle with frozen wing mirrors, you can be fined £60 on the spot and receive 3 points on your driving licence as it is a dangerous driving offence.
3. Straws on Door Locks
While many people now have keyless cars, there are still a lot of cars out there that require a key to open the door. This can be an issue in severe weather as the locks can become frozen.
All you need is a straw and a little of your breath to blow warm air into the lock to melt the ice and get on your way.
4. Homemade De-icer Spray
In a YouTube video posted by Tesco, you can see how easy it is to make your own de-icer using one common ingredient that you probably already have in the home…vinegar. Simply mix three parts of distilled vinegar with one part water.
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