Tricks of the trade from Gritting.com
1) Make your own windshield de-icer using a solution of 1 part water to 2 parts rubbing alcohol, and a few drops of liquid dish soap. Spray the windshield liberally, and in a few minutes, the ice lifts off.
2) Get an old towel, blanket or large piece of cardboard and put it on your windshield before the snow and ice hit the screen. This makes for a clear start to your journey.
3) If your car is stuck in snow or ice, take out your floor mats, turn them upside down (so you don’t get tyre rubber on the carpet) and place them under and in front of the drive wheels. You’ll be out in no time. (Don’t forget to pick up your mats before driving off.)
4)In winter, I keep an extra pair of gloves in my car. I never know when I’ll rush out of the house without them or lose one.