Living in New England sometimes forces you to get creative when it comes to the winter months. I didn't want to have to get up an hour or two earlier before work to shovel and brush off the car, so I looked up ways to make those cold mornings a little easier. I cannot believe I never once considered taking an old blanket or shower curtain and wrapping it around the windshield to protect it from ice and snow before it starts falling. Or keeping a small spray bottle filled with vodka or a combination of water and vinegar in the backset to de-ice the windshield once the damage is done.

I wanted to find out what other life hacks I was missing out on, so I reached out to our audience for advice. Some of them were helpful. Like this one from Keith Uzzell:
"Shovel as it snows so it doesn’t build-up." I try to get out every few hours for about 30 minutes, depending on how bad the storm is. That way I don't have to worry about the snow taking a toll on my back.

Sometimes you can't do much about the parking situation, but if you have the option, park facing East. When the sun rises the next morning, it will start to melt the snow and ice on your windshield. There's a chance that some of the hard work will be done before you even leave for work.

Some of the comments were entirely relatable. Like this one from Charles Vieira:
"Cursing under my breath because my arm is cold, because I had to use my sleeve, because I don't know what I did with the friggin scrapey thing." We've all been there, Charles. More times than I would like to admit. The lesson learned here is to always make sure you have the right tools prepared before the snow comes.

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