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Helpful Hints For Winter

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Received these in an email. I have no idea if they work, but I'm placing my bets they do.

Helpful Hints For Winter

Keep your headlights clear with car wax! Just wipe ordinary car wax on your headlights. It contains special water repellents that will prevent that messy mixture from accumulating on your lights - lasts 6 weeks.

Squeak-proof your wipers with rubbing alcohol! Wipe the wipers with a cloth saturated with rubbing alcohol or ammonia. This one trick can make badly streaking & squeaking wipers change to near perfect silence & clarity.

Ice-proof your windows with vinegar! Frost on it's way? Just fill a spray bottle with three parts vinegar to one part water & spritz it on all your windows at night. In the morning, they'll be clear of icy mess. Vinegar contains acetic acid, which raises the melting point of water---preventing water from freezing!

Prevent car doors from freezing shut with cooking spray! Spritz cooking oil on the rubber seals around car doors & rub it in with a paper towel. The cooking spray prevents water from melting into the rubber

Fog-proof your windshield with shaving cream! Spray some shaving cream on the inside of your windshield & wipe if off with paper towels. Shaving cream has many of the same ingredients found in commercial defoggers.

De-ice your lock in seconds with hand sanitizer! Just put some hand sanitizer gel on the key & the lock & the problems solved!

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This thread has had a few lookie-loos, so has anyone tried any of these, especially those of you being hammered by snow and ice. It sure is pretty here in Oklahoma. Today it's 72 degrees, but poor us, we have a cold front coming in on Tuesday, with a high of 27.

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I read these hints with interest. But I don't drive, and leave all that to my dear husband who in the last bout of snow'n'ice either bravely braved the elements as the main provider, or left the car at home. But he was lovely in helping me walk to the bank when I needed to.

We rarely get conditions like that, being in the relatively balmy area of southern England and locally shielded by topography which keeps the worst away from us. A lot of fun is made of how we English don't cope with extreme weather, but that's mostly because we don't usually have extreme weather. What struck me was the official advice that if we didn't need to go out we should stay at home - no advice about what we should do if we needed to go out.

I'm "bumping" this topic because it has useful advice. Although the forecast is that we won't get extreme weather conditions again this winter in southern England, there's no certainty about that. And no certainty we won't get the same next winter.

I've seen the reports of weather conditions in the eastern USA. Even though snow is normal there, it looks like it's being overwhelming and more widespread this time.

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