18 tips to keep your car in shape over winter

AMS Tips – Survive the Freeze

It’s cold! Try a few of our AMS Tips to ease the inconvenience caused by the freezing temperatures.

Car with window wipers raised

Raise your wipers at night and cover them with socks to prevent them from freezing to your window.

Straw on car lock

Frozen lock? Use a straw and blow on the lock to melt the ice.

Heated key

Or, use a lighter to heat the car key and slide it into the lock.

Shaving foam

Shaving cream works to fog-proof your car.

Sock with cat litter

You can also use a stocking or sock filled with cat litter to prevent frost.

Cooking spray

Use cooking spray on the rubber edges of your car doors to keep them from freezing shut.

Broken windscreen

Never use hot water to melt ice on your windows.

Credit card as ice scraper

Use a credit card as a DIY ice scraper in a pinch.

Frosted windscreen

If your car is covered in pure ice, just give the hood of your car an open palmed smack.

Ice sheet on window

If you roll your windows down and there’s still ice, you can always try this trick.

Frozen wing mirror

Put large plastic bags over your mirrors at night to prevent them from freezing over.


Clean your lights with toothpaste for extra brightness.

Penny in tyre groove

The penny test will tell you when it’s time to get new tires.

Cat litter

Keep a 20-pound bag of cat litter in your boot to give your back end extra weight.

Snowed in car

If your tires are stuck, use cardboard to help them get traction.

Iced over car

Vinegar and water makes a cheap DIY de-icer blend.

Snowed in car

Keep a pair of old socks in your glove compartment to wear OVER your shoes.