Best snow & ice products according to redditors

We found 158 Reddit comments discussing the best snow & ice products. We ranked the 59 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the top 20.

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Top Reddit comments about Snow & Ice Products:

u/VorlonGodBooji · 28 pointsr/Austin

I moved here from Madison a very long time ago and still keep in touch with a few folks from there. This is true. The vibe is similar -- kinda liberal, kinda weird, seat of the state government, seat of the main university campus... but the winters are fucking brutal. It gets into your bones and there are weeks where you just can't get warm. People starting their cars and letting them idle for 10 minutes in the driveway just to get the heater going is a thing. You will learn the many uses for this thing and how fucked you are if it ever gets misplaced or breaks:

The worst part, though -- at least back in the day when I was there -- the only Mexican restaurant around was a pathetic chain called Chi-Chis.

If it sounds like I'm ragging on the place, seriously, I'm not and I do miss it. Never again for a place with that much winter, though.

u/-poopsicle · 26 pointsr/vandwellers

It's actually real easy. When I built the bed I purchased [these] ( off of Amazon. They provide some privacy, keep the sun out, and most importantly, allow us to let breeze through the windows while keeping bugs out.
Additionally, I purchased [this] ( to black out the front. Both items have been perfect for camping so far!

u/glitterphobia · 23 pointsr/Columbus

Remember that bridges freeze before roadways. Even if there's no ice on the road, there could be ice on a bridge.

If you start to slide, don't panic and don't over correct. It's easier said than done. If your back loses traction, continue to steer where you want to go.

As others have said, no sudden movements, braking, or accelerating. As much as possible, maintain a consistent speed.

When you're at an intersection or traffic light, be extra cautious when you have the right of way. Don't assume you can just go. Be on the lookout for drivers who were unable to stop and may slide through an intersection. If you are unable to stop at an intersection, honk your horn to alert other drivers ASAP.

Edit: Another thing... If you car is covered in ice or snow, make sure to completely clean off all windows (front, back, sides) before driving. This might seem like common sense, but when you're outside in the freezing cold, it's tempting to just quickly clean off a small patch on the driver side windshield. Also, remember to wipe snow off of headlights and tail lights so other drivers can see you.

Make sure the rental company has a scraper in the car. It will look something like this. Brush is for snow, scraper at the end is for ice on windows.

State law says you must have lights on if there's any precipitation, rain or snow.

u/craywolf · 20 pointsr/newjersey

> roof is the hardest part to clean on my SUV

10x easier than using a brush

u/Trawgg · 16 pointsr/whitepeoplegifs

That wasn't a scraper, it was a brush.

Something like this.

u/OfficerNelson · 16 pointsr/ColoradoSprings

>Are taxis shady?

Kinda. Could be worse. Yellow Cab handles most of the city. I think Uber moved in a little less than a year ago.

>Is Jesus gonna bother me on Saturday mornings? / Of particular interest is the influence of the evangelical christians on the makeup and actions of Colorado Springs as a city.

Nope. Springsians keep to themselves. We have the whole FOTF crowd but the culture is nowhere near as religious as most of the south, don't worry.

>What's the vibe there?

Tons of military. A lot of younger folk. The city is starting to pick back up after all of the industry leaving thanks to the tolerable rent (which is rising fast). There really isn't a ton to do if you're used to LA, SF, or SD. The drive up to Denver takes only an hour, two in traffic, so you can always head up there to do anything.

>What are the things you'd only know if you live there?

The northeast of the city is good. The more south you go, the rougher it gets, but the Springs does not have a ghetto in the sense of other cities.

This was made a few years ago but covers it.

If you've never been in a cold climate, you will want some things - a good coat (it can get below zero), a light coat (for when it's 80F but it'll drop down to 40F by quittin' time), snow boots, snow gloves, one of these, one of these, and one of these (kept in your car).

>What problems does Colorado Springs have that I should be aware of?

We have an alarming number of "homeless" like /u/RetiredFett noted. Most of them are bullshitting. For some reason a lot of people love to give them money so I don't really blame them for taking advantage of idiots.

Our road maintenance is (or at least was) complete garbage. The government can't figure out how it works, so much of the city is covered in potholes. Admittedly it's because of Colorado's odd weather - it can be below freezing at night but 80F and raining in the day, day after day, so the water seeps into the road, freezes, and destroys it. But you might want to consider a AAA membership in case you blow a tire.

Our public transport is for shit. I don't know if it honestly exists. You can get a cheap shuttle to the Denver airport for $50(?) if you don't want to park up there, but the economy parking is cheap enough that if you're going anywhere for less than a week and a half, it's cheaper to just drive and park.

u/merreborn · 14 pointsr/BuyItForLife

I've worked in the amazon affiliate business for a decade now, and I don't see an affiliate code in there (ref=sr_1_1 is not an affiliate/referral code. It's just internal amazon click tracking garbage [as are most of the other arguments] -- I believe in this case it indicates OP clicked on a internal amazon search result)

But just in case,

Problem solved.

u/Tularemia · 12 pointsr/IowaCity

Regarding winter, make sure you go out and buy a nice thick warm coat, as well as hat and gloves. Get an ice scraper with a brush for your windshield. Make sure you have a snow shovel even if you're just renting an apartment, as it's not uncommon to have to dig your car out once the snow plows block your vehicle in.

Do you have any more specific questions about the area?

u/daggerdragon · 10 pointsr/rit

> “It’s actually illegal to drive around with a large amount of snow on your car.”
> In NY this is not true. As long as all your windows are not covered and your plate is not obscured, it is not illegal.

It is indeed illegal according to NYS Vehicle and Traffic Law S395A §1229-e:


Do you really want to risk a $850 fine from an unsympathetic police officer or even more in damages/civil liability if you cause property damage or an accident due to the snow on your vehicle's roof?

> It is however still very stupid to leave a pile of snow up there because if you cause an accident when it all hits the car behind you, you will he [sic] found at fault.

Yep. Be considerate of the person behind you as well as your own self. It takes you all of 2 extra minutes. Suck it up and just do it.

If you are short or have a gigantic car and can't even see the top of the roof let alone reach it with a standard snow brush, consider shelling out a smidge more than $1.97 for a telescoping adjustable snow brush like this one. They're totally worth it and make shoving snow off the top of the car a breeze.

u/ATypicalWhitePerson · 10 pointsr/MTU

Pro tip: if you were looking for a snow brush fuck those dont buy them.


For the amount of snow we get here, get one of these:


you can get entire vehicles from one side, and its much faster to push everything off than try to brush it.



u/firewire87 · 9 pointsr/toronto
u/DaytonDetailing · 9 pointsr/AutoDetailing

Garage, then coated vehicle+remote start, then sealed/waxed car+remote start, and if you really must push a lot off, SnoBrum.

u/engrsks · 9 pointsr/cars

You would use a brush. You could buy an ice scraper that's about a meter long, and on the other end there's a brush ( ~6" x 1").

Edit: here's a similar one to the one I mentioned.

u/bentheredidthat · 9 pointsr/facepalm
u/secretasphalt · 8 pointsr/Cleveland

I wouldnt worry too much about parking outside unless you have some fancy convertible. In any event, the salt used to treat the roads in the winter will do much more damage to your car than any ice or snow that accumulates on top while your vehicle is parked outside. It takes a little work to brush the snow off in the morning, but do yourself a favor and get a good snow scraper. Something with a big rectangular plow thing on the end, like this:

Edit: Also, it certainly doesn't snow everyday in the winter! (Maybe 1/4 of winter days, tops.)

u/AccountNo43 · 8 pointsr/boston

no I have a mid-sized sedan and I bought one of these when I moved here. It takes roughly 30-40 swipes to get most of the snow off.

Looking at the pic again, it would probably take 5-7 swipes to get 90% of the snow off the rear of the vehicle, which would take ~20 secs. I get that SUVs have more surface area, but most of the snow just slides right off pretty quickly if you put minimal effort in.

u/colloidaloatmeal · 7 pointsr/bicycling

Everyone's butt is different. You really can't know if one will work for you until you try.

Breaking in can take a long time. I've put ~800 miles on mine since I got it and I wouldn't say it's even "broken in" yet. It's still quite rigid, but very comfortable. I never had any issues with it from day 1.

They may not be the best choice if you live somewhere rainy. But there are always saddle covers. Or grocery bags. I use this stuff on mine for extra protection.

If you're planning on leaving your bike locked up unattended for long periods of time, do what you can to secure it. I've got a length of chain with a tube on it threaded through my rails to my frame. Ugly as sin but gives me a little peace of mind.

u/SteeleStaples · 6 pointsr/HomeImprovement

Razor and some type of solvent. Goo gone, etc.

u/lonbordin · 5 pointsr/snowboarding

These gloves with Snow Seal. Several years from now when you're still rocking them and all the lifties give you that nod of approval you'll thank me.

u/monigram · 5 pointsr/waterloo

Bought us 2 of these. Although our van is small, it's still kind of tall. My wife is also small, but not tall, but can clear the van's roof.

u/Zaphanathpaneah · 5 pointsr/IdiotsInCars

I realized I was an adult when I decided this was one of the best purchases I've ever made.

u/Zen_Drifter · 4 pointsr/Insurance

I'd second the Duluth pants. I wear dark colored jeans in the winter since nobody really checks on us. The shirts from Duluth have that extra length on them so you won't be having to tuck them back in every time you get in & out of the car. They are thick enough that they won't tear or snag when you're crawling up under a car parked on brushed concrete.

I wear Vasque Breeze boots, which aren't waterproof but have a high enough sole that my feet won't get wet in ordinary puddles. I find them to be a good cross between comfort and utility.

If you work in a northern climate I'd recommend doing your homework and not skimping on clothes. Buy quality stuff. I spent my first ten years kinda cold and uncomfortable, but the last ten were much better after I started taking the time to put on thermal underwear, wool socks, and wear a good coat and gloves in winter. If you dress right you can stand around outside all day in sub-zero weather without being uncomfortable.

Get a good crowbar, a jump pack, and one of those super-bright high quality flashlights that costs $50. Gel pens don't clog in freezing weather like ballpoints do. Get a decent step-stool for looking at roofs. Also a foam "snow-brum" is good for pushing snow off cars in winter for inspections.

I also carry a tire plug kit and a small 12v cigarette lighter air compressor so I can fix a flat immediately instead of having to find a tire shop.

u/fourlights · 4 pointsr/answers

The advice so far is great, but I also recommend this tool, a simple razor scraper. It won't damage the glass and will scrape some of that scum and stuff right off. (Just moved out of a rental a month or so ago, and left the stove looking nearly brand new: deep clean was baking soda/peroxide and finish was Weiman cleaner. As tools, I only used paper towels and the razor scraper. (If you scrub, be sure to get a scrub pad made for glass top stoves!) Looking at your pic, you should be able to clean all but the actual scratches.

u/satanshelper · 4 pointsr/Firefighting

I don't POV, but I have a cover that works great for that purpose. Just lays over the windshield with elastic straps over the side mirrors. It's similar to this:

u/merikus · 4 pointsr/BuyItForLife

For ice, I personally use one of these.

Very helpful in breaking up ice which I can then remove with a shovel.

u/GearGuy2001 · 4 pointsr/tdi

haha ditto - Electricity is $.12/kWh (in my area) and I run mine for 4 hours so it costs $.48 per night.

I also got a Windshield cover that hooks around your mirrors (elastic straps) so I don't have to scrape my windshield in the morning. Ill link to one available on Amazon, its not the exact model as I got mine from Costco with the mirror covers as well (never use em) but not everyone has a Costco or is a member. As such I cant vouch for durability of the below just that it is of similar design.

u/OhioJeeper · 3 pointsr/cars

Buy one of these. I bought mine around this time last year for $25, and it makes clearing all of the snow off of a crew cab pick up and camper shell a <5 minute job. As another user pointed out, only removing the snow on the windows presents a safety risk to both you and other drivers.

u/rsmjr · 3 pointsr/LifeProTips

They should make windshield tarps for this. Though after saying that you know someone has.

Edit. Like this

u/greenbud420 · 3 pointsr/CannabisExtracts

> I just hate having to scape pyrex dishes and make my fingers hurt like fuck

Buy this, problem solved.

u/cuteintern · 3 pointsr/Rochester

This type of snow pusher and all of the similar ones are AMAZING at clearing snow quickly, even the roof of your car. You can both push and pull snow and have your car, truck or SUV clear in just a minute.

I've had one in one form or another for almost 20 years.

u/choose-Life_ · 3 pointsr/Whatcouldgowrong

Ice scrapershave a brush on one end to brush the snow off your car and (surprise) a wedge on the other end to scrape the ice off your windows. There's absolutely NO reason to just bang on the ice like a moron.

His ice scraper isn't the same as the one I linked but you can clearly see there is a wedge for scraping ice on it by the grip.

u/UncheckedException · 3 pointsr/mildlyinteresting

I live in a very snowy area, and everyone I know keeps a handheld snow brush in their car. No idea what OP’s on about with a literal broom.

u/EntireOrchid · 3 pointsr/homeowners

Melting ice with a torch is going to take forever. I recommend getting a good metal ice scraper (I have this one but there are many similar) and/or salt.

u/toplessbooks · 3 pointsr/newjersey

I suggest you buy good quality winter gear over lots of winter gear.

my top favorites are my:

u/Sampo · 3 pointsr/newjersey

Tip: Buy the longest ass window brush/scraper you can find. Not this, not even this, but something like this.

u/jooes · 3 pointsr/canada

You can buy them at stores too. There are even a few on Amazon.

u/RockyColtTum · 3 pointsr/CFBOffTopic

You're welcome.

edit: you could use it in a fight too

u/Doveluver270 · 3 pointsr/Columbus

I'm only 5ft and I got one of these for Christmas last year. Makes all the difference, I can clean off my whole SUV in 1-2 minutes tops. The deluxe extendable version, not the one with the brush head.

u/tangbang · 2 pointsr/goodyearwelt

Just curious, but why did you go with Otter Wax over something like Sno Seal or Obenauf's?

u/uhmIdontknow · 2 pointsr/MPSelectMiniOwners

I use one of these. Not this exact one, I just found the cheapest one that I could. It works amazingly well on the painters tape. Just get it under a corner and then give it a little sideways twist and the print pops right off. (You could probably just buy the blades and 3d print a handle even)

u/BenzoV · 2 pointsr/LifeProTips

I would not expect them to be great in the summer. Just not designed for that purpose.

What I have is [Hopkins Heavy-Duty ArcticGuard Snow and Ice Windshield Cover] ( It was cheap enough to try and it was worth 10 bucks to not have to scrape my windshield as much in the winter. You can see the side mirror covers, which also help keep it in place. It takes a couple tries to install it the first time, but after you know how it works, you're in good shape.

u/anonymousalex · 2 pointsr/Columbus

In my experience, we tend to not get huge amounts of snowfall like that very often; if we do, it's an anomaly, and things clear up on the roads pretty well. One thing to keep in mind is that, because Ohio does get snow during the winter to the tune of a couple of inches at a time, we're pretty well prepared to handle it. Roads are salted if it's known that snow/ice is coming, and plows are ready to go. As I said before, large snowstorms generally have everything non-emergency closed down until the roads get cleared.

I would highly recommend that you buy an ice scraper if you don't already own one. You'll get plenty of use out of it even on days it doesn't snow, and you'll regret not having one if you don't.

u/maverick117 · 2 pointsr/lincoln

It depends on what kind of car you drive and if you drive it much. 99% of people who park their car outside don't do anything at all. It does not get that cold here in Lincoln. Don't get me wrong it does get cold but not that cold. To have cold temperatures that would require engine heaters you have to go way north like North Dakota, Minnesota or Wisconsin and even then probably not. The only issue I know is diesel engines can benefit from a heater and that would only be occasionally. There will be ice and snow. It can be difficult for smaller cars to get around especially on side streets. You need to get a good window scraper. Something like this. You'll appreciate having the longer reach and brush to get snow off. I know way too many people who have something like this. It's hand held and can't get all your windows. They're the same idiots you'll see driving around with a tiny circle scrapped off that they can barely see through yet they're driving at regular speeds on icy roads.

u/tarun160 · 2 pointsr/onewheel
u/xxinsanityxx · 2 pointsr/pics

Canadian here. Get this. I have one of these and removing snow on my car takes less than a minute now and it doesn't scratch the paint like a conventional broom would.

u/blkandblu · 2 pointsr/Golf_R

I mean, good wax applied frequently will certainly help in the icy weather.

Also, I'm trying out one of these snow brushes this year. I noticed it's what the dealership uses and is supposed to not scratch your paint as much as a bristle brush.

Also also, when removing snow from your car, don't worry about the final half inch of snow/ice on the paint. Trying to remove that final layer is what will cause scratches. Just remove the majority of snow and let the tiny amount that's left blow or melt off.

u/SayWhatOneMoreTiime · 2 pointsr/4Runner

Here ya go. I've had these recommended before. They slip over the windows like a sock and apparently work pretty well. They are in my amazon cart at the moment.

u/mini_tonys · 2 pointsr/maryland

This is what I usually do:

- Make sure to have a ice scraper (I like this one) and shovel

- Salt around your car before the ice sets in

- If you drive, at least go the speed limit

- Buy snow boots (I got mine at either walmart or kohls). If you can't get snow boots, put plastic grocery bags over your shoes before you go outside.

- Make sure to give your car a couple minutes to warm up before leaving

- Someone mentioned it before but I'll say it again: If you don't feel comfortable driving, don't. The less people on the road, the better.

u/fromtheill · 2 pointsr/nfl

These help amazingly with the windshield. Gf got me one years ago and I cant remember the last time I chipped ice off the windshield.

u/PrettyPurpleKitty · 2 pointsr/CLEANING_PORN

We used some really simple ones like these but one like this would be even better. The packs of blades are very cheap, you should be able to find all that stuff at a hardware store. They are best on hard, smooth surfaces like glass and stone, but if you keep the razor at a small angle with the surface, and use plenty of cleaner or water to help lubricate, most plastic and wood surfaces will also be fine and not scratch. Spot test if you are worried.

u/bunnysoup · 2 pointsr/Wishlist



Thanks for the contest!

u/EarthViews · 2 pointsr/ottawa

I highly recommend one of these. It's a godsend and they're absolutely amazing to use.

u/pineapple_catapult · 2 pointsr/Rochester

Snow tires are immensely helpful. If you don't have snow tires, then Continental DWS (dry/wet/snow) are apparently a good all-season alternative.

Get a snow brush like this:

Keep a shovel, emergency blanket, winter hat, and a pair of gloves in your car. Freezing to death cause you spun off into a snow bank isn't fun. There's more safety related stuff you should keep in your car as well, but these are specific to winter needs.

Make sure your exhaust doesn't get blocked by a snow mound, or if you spin off the road. Death by carbon monoxide isn't fun either.

Keep more distance and drive slower than you think you need to when driving in bad weather. Also, overpasses/bridges freeze faster than the road, so expect ice there even if everything else seems OK.

Salt melts ice effectively only to about 10 degrees Fahrenheit. If temps are lower than that, exercise extreme caution, even if it's not snowing and the roads seem clear. Black ice can be anywhere. This is where snow tires will help you a lot.

Get an oil change before and after winter, even if you don't need it by the miles driven.

u/DaveCootchie · 2 pointsr/minnesota

Pick up one of these. Put it on over night and it helps keep the larger ice and snow off your windshield. Depending on the car you usually need about 10 mins of idle to get it warm enough to melt the snow. Engines warm up faster when you drive them so once you can see out of the windows clearly start driving and you'll get heat faster.

u/PMOII · 2 pointsr/teslamotors

Pre-heat the car if you can. If you’re talking a lot of snow on the car and not just a layer of ice, then after the car if pre-heated, you could use a Foam Snow Brush. These brushes work great for pushing huge amounts of snow off (6” or more).

u/sian92 · 2 pointsr/Denver

Ouch! Yeah, that can be a pain. I believe this is the brush my dad had for his suburban, and it allow me as a tiny kid to brush the whole car off. I can't seem to find one longer. Hope this helps!

u/binarycow · 2 pointsr/LifeProTips

That's a different ice scraper.

I mean this thing

u/Rocketman999 · 2 pointsr/BuyItForLife

Wouldn't call it BIFL but this snow broom speeds up brushing off my car so much. I guess the BIFL version would be a push broom with softer bristles.

Otherwise, some kind of neck protection you can bring up over your face. I've been using a merino wool Buff. And thermal leggings make a big difference under your pants.

u/jehovahs_waitress · 2 pointsr/HomeImprovement

ice scraper. brutal but effective.

you can cut the handle shorter if room is tight

u/melini · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

/u/Mynthe, make the snow go away.

Seriously, actually, please do. There is always snow here. You probably need this, but if you're used to snow, I hope you have one already. (Mine stays in my car year-round, as I have seen snow in every month but July.)

u/tjasko · 2 pointsr/GolfGTI

I highly recommend buying something like:

It saved me a TON of time and it was easy to take on and off (especially versus a full car cover).

u/girkabob · 2 pointsr/StLouis

If you have a car, make sure you get all-season tires rather than summer tires, make sure there's anti-freeze in the radiator instead of plain water, and fill the washer fluid tank with winter-weight or all-season fluid to keep it from freezing.

Also, a good ice scraper/snow brush is handy.

u/Jakisparrow · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Can you tell me what state you're in? I'm a MN girl, born and raised and would like to give you accurate advice ;-)

Brace yourself! [There's many options] ( and you're going to need one... But I can tell you, more expensive is not always better.

[We live where there are no trees] ( so this comes in handy.

[And lastly, we have pets] ( so pet safe stuff is important to me!!!

Welcome to winter!!!

Edit: entry

u/wallybeavis · 2 pointsr/cincinnati

I second an ice scraper (not the short stubby ones we use in the south), something like this, to clear the snow off of your hood, windshield, and roof

I also have 3 pairs of gloves, thin cheap ones that allow you to use your cell phone while walking around. A medium thickness that allows for warmth and dexterity while driving, and finally a nice pair of thick gloves that'll let you stay warm while you shovel your car out of it's parking spot, or driveway (if that's applicable).

Folks also recommend keeping a couple of bottles of water, a sweatshirt, and a blanket in your car.

Other than that, make sure your wipers are good, and keep your windshield fluid reservoir full, to clean off the road salt

u/zigzig24 · 2 pointsr/funny

Moisture won't get between the cardboard and glass. It'll all hit the outside of the cardboard. They actually manufacture windshield covers that you can just pull off in the morning and have an absolutely clear windshield.

u/bytester · 2 pointsr/pittsburgh

A tool like this will save your back. I've used a spud bar in the past as well.

u/miketava · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

This is one of the better car-cessories I've gotten recently. Only truly useful if you are in a Northern climate, but I sure do appreciate.

<10$ : [This] (, I've fallen in love with Dove soap, and I've just run out of the body wash. Need some smooth skin after this snow storm that's coming in

u/metalsteve666 · 1 pointr/Michigan
u/rahtx · 1 pointr/HelpMeFind

I'd just get a cheap one like this and use a hacksaw or something to cut off the handle at the desired length.

Or a dustpan and brush combo and just use the brush:

u/840_Divided_By_Two · 1 pointr/mildlyinteresting

So true. It may seem obnoxious but i won’t touch my car with anything besides a SnoBrum wrapped in a microfiber towel. Only because I spent tons of time and cash polishing the paint and removing all of the swirls.

u/funkyb · 1 pointr/pittsburgh

>Never seen the snow till now.

OP get something like this The brush is for any part with paint or snow on glass, the scraper is for ice on glass. Also make sure you've got a blanket and some road flares in your trunk in case you break down. You can also toss some cheap over-shoe crampons in there if you're worried about walking around on ice, though I never use the ones that live in my trunk. Some gloves with grip (running gloves with textured fingers/palms or leather gloves) also make driving when the car is still cold much more bearable. And don't gun the car when the engine is still cold, it's bad for it. I think people covered most other general winter driving tips in this thread.

u/RaceCeeDeeCee · 1 pointr/Trucks

I don't use a tonneau cover so I can't help with that, but for snow brushes I have one that extends to like 6', and has a rotatable brush head on it with a brush on one side and rubber squeegee type thing on other side that I always leave crossways, like a broom. Easy to push and pull the snow off my roof, windshield, and hood from one side of the truck. I just push a strip off the far side, then pull a strip back towards me, then repeat.

Before I started buying this type of brush, I always climbed up in the bed and brushed the snow off the roof that way. Screw all those who don't properly clean the snow off their vehicles!

Edit: similar to this one

u/kaidomac · 1 pointr/IWantToLearn

Depends on if you're dealing with snow or ice. I'd suggest investing in 3 tools:

  1. A scraper/brush combo
  2. A windshield snow cover
  3. De-icing spray

    I have a very simple scraper/brush combo:

    You may need a longer model (they sell extendable versions) if you have a tall car, like a van or SUV. They sell a thing called a "snow broom" for pulling the snow off more effectively; this one telescopes out to 28 inches:

    I have a windshield snow cover, which includes side mirror covers:

    You just peel it off when you're ready to leave! Pretty nice. Also, they sell de-icing spray to help kickstart the process, if things are really iced over:

    You can also get it as a windshield wiper fluid, or alternatively, get a year-round version:

    This is the general idea for clearing off your car:

  4. Get outside early to allow yourself sufficient time to prepare your car before leaving for work/school/errands/etc. Set an alarm if you have to. Make sure you have a good pair of thick winter gloves, so your fingers don't freeze! You may want to invest in a remote-start system to help the car warm up easier, because then it can start the melting process without you have to leave your home or office. The modern remote starts can be operated indoors from your smartphone, over a wifi or cellular connection, so you don't even have to get close & aim it!
  5. Get the car started & turn on the heat to the front & rear windows. This will help in melting the snow or ice & also warms up the engine, which helps melt the ice & snow on the hood of the car.
  6. Start by brushing off the roof of your car. The top-down approach is easiest because the snow & ice can fall off the car first, preventing double the work later if you were to start with the car's body or the glass. Also, in my state, it's a $120 fine if they catch you driving without clearing off your roof.
  7. Scrape off all of the windows next: the front windshield, the rear glass, the side windows, and the side mirrors. In my state, it's a $92 fine if you are driving around with an "obstructed view". If you skip scraping off most of the windows AND don't clean off your roof, that's a $212 fine total if you get pulled over (not to mention being unsafe!).
  8. Finally, clear off the body with the brush. The engine will have helped warm up the hood, so the snow & ice should be easy to slide off. The biggest thing to realize is that you want to use the scraper on the GLASS and the brush on the PAINT. Sometimes you'll have to crack some ice on the body to get enough to grip to scrap off, but see if you can use your fist to crack it first, that way you don't risk scraping the paint itself.

    If you live in a slippery area, get some YakTax. It's basically a slip-on spiderweb design that fits over your existing shoes & has coils that act as snow cleats so you can walk on ice & snow: (plus you don't have to wear boots to school or work!)

    I'd also suggest keeping a few spare items in your trunk:

  • Spare wipers, in case they break
  • A small shovel
  • Some kitty litter or a bag of salt for traction, in case you get stuck
  • A blanket, in case you get stuck

    Parking outdoors in the winter isn't too bad if you're prepared - leave enough time to get everything warmed up & scraped off and do a good job & clean off your entire car so you can see out of it & so that pieces of snow & ice aren't flying off & hitting other cars. Try not to use the scraper on the paint either, just the brush!
u/terciopelo · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Brace yourself. And don't be like me and skimp on the snow scraper. Don't buy one for 50 cents at the thrift shop and expect it to do for you what this does. You might, just might, be relegated to using a credit card as an ersatz ice scraper, and then you may lose street cred.

Bonus points if you get some of these, in an icy winter, you will be the only one not slipping onto your hip and dinging yourself up. With them on, you can walk at almost normal speed without fear of eating dirt.

u/Imafuckingmechanic · 1 pointr/4Runner

Its for snow. Theyre on the back end of a lot of ice scrapers. Like this

u/Cockring_Buddha · 1 pointr/sexover30

Do you perhaps have big man-sized feet? Say a 10 1/2? If so, I'm moving in!!!

I still have my original Bean Boots from over 15 years ago. I rub Sno-Seal into the leather once a year, next to a warm wood stove. Just enough heat to melt in the Sno-Seal. That's about it for maintenance.

u/Tface · 1 pointr/AskReddit

Get one of these to scrap away the ice and snow that gets packed down on your driveway/sidewalk.

u/Namrett · 1 pointr/HomeImprovement

Get one of these for scraping off the old caulk. Also, make sure that you really dry the area before applying the new caulk or you'll have a bad time.

u/mmmmmmBacon12345 · 1 pointr/LifeProTips

There are ice remover tools( )(I forgot how to hyperlink...), they're basically a hoe without the angle and a much heavier blade. The thin blade of a shovel tries to cut the ice, the fat heavy blade does some cutting but mostly just bludgeons and shatters the ice and the weight means its more just dropping it than trying to slam it into the ground

u/radroachbrz · 1 pointr/cars

> scraping ice

ew no.

Why do people not just use windshield covers?

I'm also going to make my own door/window covers out of bubble wrap. It will have tabs that you can just shut in the doors and it will keep the doors and windows from freezing.

u/Poppa_T · 1 pointr/TwinCities

My dad bought me something similar to this for Christmas a few years ago - it works very well if you remember to put it on. If you do have to park outside it's very nice to just take off the cover and not have to scrape or clear snow, now you just have to figure out where to store it!

u/woman_friend · 1 pointr/HomeImprovement

I always use a mixture of half vinegar and half Dawn to clean the shower door. It's basically known as a homemade degreaser.

I've never let it sit for 30 minutes, but I have also never seen a shower as bad as the one in the photo...

To really help with stubborn mildew and soap scum, you should invest in a razor scraper. I personally use this one, and it's great for glass, mirrors, windows, stovetop, etc.

u/EvadeX · 1 pointr/whitepeoplegifs

That's not true though. You can get something like this which is not capable of scratching the paint and also tends to work better than a brush.

u/cty_hntr · 1 pointr/IdiotsInCars

Before coming across this product, I used a house broom. This one is better, no worries about paint scratches.

u/Sierrasclimber · 1 pointr/vandwellers

I'm using these in XL 49"X 21". They work great. They go on both sides of the the window so you can roll it down to about 3/4 of the way down. Super simple and cheap and store small. Impossible to blowoff too since they are shut in the door. Sadly, XL doesn't seem available anymore. XL fits out 2014 Sienna perfect.

Car Side Window Sun Shade Sunshades for Baby Universal Fit 4 Package Away from Sun, Harmful UV Rays,Fits 99% Cars, Trucks and SUVs (2 Front+ 2 Rear)

u/TheJokersChild · 1 pointr/AskMen

Here's your scraper. Get ALL THE SNOW off ALL THE CAR. Brush the car, scrape the windows. Let the defrosters do a few minutes of the work for you.

You've heard that the snow blows off into the car behind you...but so does ice, which could break windshields and rearview mirrors if it comes off your car at the right speed and trajectory. That's why some areas fine you for not clearing snow off your car. Also make sure you're topped up: too little gas (under 1/4 tank) and your tank might freeze.

Got a closet? A coat tree in the hall? Put your coat there. A jacket might be too lightweight for the polar vortex you may experience soon. You should have designated places at work to hang your coat. Check near the exits. Don't let it drip all over the floor while it's on your office chair.

Walkways: do you live in an apartment? Maintenance should have you covered there, although you'll still need a shovel for your parking space. Older neighbors? Check on them and offer to shovel their space while you're doing yours. There's a fuckful of weight in wet snow and the extra effort it takes to shovel it could give them a heart attack if they're too zealous about getting rid of it. If you own a house, don't shovel the snow back into the road - it'll come back to haunt you later. Use nearby space in your yard to pile it up.