10 Last-minute Snowstorm Survival Tips
Whether it’s a history-making storm like the Blizzard of 2016 or just a heavy snowfall, the last thing you want to do is get stuck in winter weather. Stay one step ahead of Old Man Winter. Keep an emergency car kit in your trunk, buy nonperishable foods, and make sure your home is winterized.
It also helps to know that your cupboards and cabinets are full of cheap DIY winter snowstorm supplies to keep you safe in an emergency:
- Re-use that old rug: Keep an old carpet remnant in your trunk! Drape it over your windshield if you have to park outside to keep snow and ice from forming. You can also use it as a traction pad if your tires get stuck.
- Park your car facing east: The sun will melt the frost and snow off quicker.
- Keep kitty litter handy: It will help your tires gain traction if you’re stuck in snow, and help keep your feet from sliding on the front steps.
- Vinegar to the rescue: Spray your car’s glass with a 3 to 1 vinegar and water mixture. This will help prevent ice from forming.
- Rubbing alcohol de-icer: Too late? Your car defroster can’t do it alone. Mix 2/3 of a cup of alcohol with 1/4 cup of water and pour or spray on your windshield. Why? Alcohol freezes at a lower temperature than water.
- Spray it with Pam: Coast your snow shovel with cooking oil spray to slide that snow right off.
- Hand sanitizer trick: Dip your key in gel sanitizer before you put it in the door or ignition. Same principle as the alcohol on the windshield trick.
- Re-use old socks: Put old woolen knee socks on dry windshield wipers. When you turn them on, they will help your wipers dislodge snow.
- Sandwich bag hacks: Put them on your side mirrors to prevent frost buildup, and over your socks before your put your boots on to keep your feet dry.
- Run your ceiling fan: Save on your heating bills by running it in reverse (clockwise) to push heated air downward.
While there’s nothing you can do about the weather, you can stay prepared. Fortunately, most of these snowstorm hacks involve items you probably have at home right now. Stay safe, stay ready!