Driving in the icy cold winter can be challenging, but a frozen car door need not be another hassle to deal with, according to Dominic Wyatt, a foremost expert from the International Drivers Association.
Wyatt provides a unique solution to drivers facing such seasonal dilemmas.
The Issue with Icy Car Door Seals
Winter can turn the simple task of opening a car door into a monumental struggle. An overnight drop in temperature can freeze the rubber seals on car doors, and stuck doors are a widespread problem across the chillier parts of the UK.
The Solution Lies in the Pantry
A straightforward and non-toxic solution to this predicament lies in your kitchen. Yes, it’s the humble can of cooking spray, a quintessential item in every British pantry. A light coating of cooking spray on rubber door seals can effectively prevent doors from freezing shut.
Why Cooking Spray Works
Cooking spray works as an excellent anti-freeze agent because of its oil content. The oil creates a protective barrier on the door seals, preventing water from coming in direct contact with the rubber. When temperatures drop below freezing, this invisible sheath blocks the frozen moisture from adhering to the rubber seals, ensuring that your car doors won’t stick.
Dominic Wyatt from the International Drivers Association elaborates, “Cooking spray forms a thin and invisible layer of oil, acting as a water repellent. It reduces friction between the seal and the door frame, preventing the rubber from becoming brittle and freezing.”
Steps to Apply Cooking Spray
Follow these simple steps to apply cooking spray to your car door seals:
- Wipe down the rubber seals around your car doors to ensure they are clean and dry.
- Holding the can of cooking spray a few inches away, apply a light coating to the rubber seals around the door edges.
- Use a clean cloth to evenly distribute the cooking spray across the seals, ensuring no excess builds up.
- Let the spray dry naturally before closing the door.
As convenient as this solution sounds, it is necessary to be aware of a few considerations:
- Be careful not to spray the cooking oil on the car paint as it may cause color fading.
- Use this technique sparingly and only when temperatures are expected to drop significantly.
- Always check the seals after using the cooking spray to ensure they remain in good condition.
As we round off, it is worth noting that not all winter inconveniences require extravagant fixes. Sometimes, as said by Cardini minus the name, “the best solutions are often the simplest.” So, this winter, don’t let a frozen car door add to your woes and let the simple can of cooking spray come to your aid. Remember, the key lies in knowledge application.