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Cold weather hacks to make your winter routine a breeze

Putting old socks on the windshield wipers will keep the snow off them. (WSYX/WTTE)

The cold temperatures on the way for the rest of this week can be hard on your vehicle, especially if you don’t have a garage to park your car in. There's no more frustrating way to start your day then to have something like a dead battery, or spending 20 minutes you don't have scraping ice off your car before work.

Here are some life hacks to make your winter routine easier:

-Put some socks on your windshield wipers so snow doesn't stick to them.

-Try putting freezer bags on your side mirrors to insulate from ice.

-If you don't have a scraper handy- use a metal spatula or credit card.

-Use a 3:1 vinegar/water mixture on your windshield, to keep ice from forming.

-If you get stuck in the snow use the floor mats already in your car to get traction.

-Beat Mother Nature at her own game- park your car facing east so the rising sun melts the snow and ice for you.

-Use cooking spray on the edges of your doors so they don’t freeze shut. You can also use the cooking spray on your snow shovel so the snow slides off.

These hacks may make your life easier, but only if your vehicle is already in good shape. Steve Miller with AAA Car Care Plus in Grandview says that preventative maintenance is the key, “That is probably the most important thing you can do for your car. That will give us a chance to look over the whole car. We can look at the lights, the wipers, the fluid levels, the tires, the brakes- make sure everything's good for winter."

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