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Thanks to my growing up as an Air Force brat and then leading a nomadic life for years in radio, I've lived all over the country, including particularly snow prone areas like the Upper Peninsula of Michigan (K.I. Sawyer AND Kincheloe), Ohio, Iowa, and even upstate New York!

Over the years, not only did I learn I never wanted to live anywhere I had to scoop snow ever again, but I also picked up a few hacks to make life easier in snowy, icy weather. First off, just know, if you bust your butt on the ice, someone WILL see you. Make sure you use salt or de-icer on walkways, sidewalks, and steps to prevent falls. You really don't want to be stuck laying in the snow waiting for someone to rescue you, or God forbid, for an ambulance. I don't claim to be the smartest or most cultured, but these are a few things I've learned over the years... the hard way!

  • Don't have an ice scraper? Your driver's license or a credit card are excellent substitutes!
  • Park your car with the windshield facing east, that way the ice will melt faster.
  • Use hand sanitizer to melt the ice off of door handles.
  • Has your car lost traction in the driveway? Did you end up in a spot you can't drive out of? Use kitty litter to get traction!
  • WD-40 will prevent your locks from freezing.
  • Raise up your windshield wipers before going to bed, that way they won't be frozen to the glass.

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