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Feb
26

keeping-Warm-In-WinterAfter living in Minnesota nearly all my life, I’ve learned ways to keep my car running during the extremely cold winters. Since our blizzards and ice storms seem to be infecting other states, I will share 13 tips that you can do to make your winter travels of going to work or to school a bit easier, especially when we’re hitting negative 40 degrees below wind chill.

  1. If your car has a block heater, plug in your car every cold night.
  2. Buy a new battery. Also see if you can buy or make a sweater for it. Just don’t let it touch the battery terminals.
  3. Buy new tires. Snow tires are great, but if you don’t have the money to buy two sets of tires – winter and summer, just buy new all-weather tires.
  4. Park in the garage. If you don’t have a garage, try to park in an area that has walls, fences, or trees. Anything that helps to block the wind and snow is good.
  5. Fill up your gas tank and pour in a bottle of HEET. It’s a gas de-icer that will keep your gas lines from freezing up.
  6. Start up your car for 10-15 minutes at lunch time.
  7. Don’t forget to warm up your car for 10-15 minutes before leaving in the morning and after work. Your car won’t be so sluggish and have less chance of dying on the road.
  8. Keep a small shovel or portable shovel in your trunk, along with kitty litter or sand. The cheapest stuff is fine. I’ve already used these twice this winter.
  9. Keep a blanket in your car, and an extra set of gloves, hat, coat, a candle, matches, and candy bars in case you find yourself in a ditch.
  10. If you hate scrapping your windshield, put cardboard over your windshield at night, and remove it in the morning. All the ice and snow will cover that instead of your windshield.
  11. Put your wiper blades up in the air instead of letting them rest on your windshield. There’s nothing worse than frozen wiper blades when you need to use them, or wiper blades with chunks of ice attached.
  12. Point your outer heating vents to your side windows, and put your sun visors angled toward the windshield. This way the heat from the windshield heaters bounce off the visors and back onto the windshield, heating up your windshield to remove the fog, snow, or ice.
  13. Buy a couple of heating pads and glue them to the bottom of oil pan and the transmission pan.

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