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Dealing with your car in snowy conditions, what you should do

Posted at 11:15 PM, Jan 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-21 19:37:32-05

RICHMOND, VA. -- Some areas in Central Virginia are projected to receive one foot of snow while other areas across northwest Virginia could see more than 2 feet of snow. CBS 6 spoke with AAA to get some tips for drivers in snowy conditions.

Martha Meade with AAA recommends not driving during the storm or dangerous conditions, but if you absolutely need to, she said it’s important to be ready.

She said there are several car hacks that you can use when dealing with the winter weather.

For example, you can put a tube sock over your windshield wiper blades to keep them ice free.

“When it comes to deicing your windshield, you can use 1/3 cup of water mixed with 2/3 cup of vinegar and use it on your windshield,” Meade said.

CBS 6 also caught up with some drivers who gave their opinion on driving in the snow. Most drivers admitted it can be difficult dealing with your car when winter weather hits.

"Winter time is one of those things, it's a little more stressful keeping up with your car, but you should," said one driver.

Meade said if your door lock is frozen; don't use hot water to warm it up because it can break. Instead, she recommends drivers carefully heat the end of the key with a match or lighter.

Meade also said a common mistake people make is keeping their deicer in the car. She said make sure you have it with you in your briefcase or even near the front door.