4 Life Hacks to Help You Conquer Weather Emergencies on the Road
Almost no one can say that Mom isn’t the CEO—the Chief Emergency Officer—of her family when she’s driving a car full of kids while it’s raining, snowing, and somehow hailing all at the same time. Next time the weather tries to stop you from doing what you need to do, keep these four life hacks in mind.
1. De-Ice Your Locks with Hand Sanitizer
There is almost nothing worse than iced-over car locks, except iced-over car locks when it’s minus 20 degrees, the snow is coming down, and the kids aren’t playing in it—they’re throwing it at you. Time to weigh your options: become a human popsicle waiting even one minute for roadside service, or take action like a Mom CEO.
According to Lifehacker.com, that bottle of hand sanitizer isn’t just useful at the mall food court. Squirt some on the locks and the alcohol content will melt off the ice like a freezer-burned TV dinner.
2. Cover Side Mirrors with Plastic, Zip-Top Bags
All the scientists in the world couldn’t explain the everyday mysteries that a Mom CEO encounters, like, why is the dog in the shower? Why is there a pillow in the freezer? The best Mom CEOs know how to both improvise on the fly and also prepare for what may happen next. During the winter months when bead weather is often expected, consider being proactive when you park your vehicle outside at the mall, the school or at your kids’ practice. Take two quart-size (or larger, if needed) zip-top, plastic bags and place one around each of your side mirrors.
The bags will help prevent snow or ice from accumulating on your mirrors, saving you the time and effort required to scrape them clean. Also, the plastic bags are easily stored in your car’s glove compartment and can be used again and again.
3. Get Your Vehicle Out of Snow with Kitty Litter
Consider this: There’s so much snow outside, the weatherman just took the day off, but for some unknown reason, piano lessons weren’t cancelled. And, of course, the car is stuck, the wheels are spinning, and the kids are cheering.
Even if you don’t have cats, stock up on inexpensive kitty litter and keep it in the trunk for days just like this. A scoop or two behind each wheel will give them a better grip.
4. Clean Foggy Headlights with Toothpaste
Dirty snow means dirty headlights in the same way it means dirty footprints across your once-clean carpet.
To clean off those headlights, you just need a little toothpaste, a rag to wipe them down, and to somehow find five whole minutes of time to do it. As a matter of fact, cleaning your headlights is a lot like teaching the kids to brush their teeth, except NOT.
Using these emergency life hacks might get you out of sticky situations fast, but they’re no substitute for being prepared for seasonal weather.