Why You Should Keep a Nail File in Your Car This Winter

This simple trick will have you on the road far faster in the morning.

A nail file is a pretty basic grooming tool, but it turns out that it’s way more versatile than you might think. It can help you with a much more cumbersome task: clearing frost off the windshield of your car in winter. The icy stuff can be a real pain for your morning commute. Even once you get that initial layer of frost and ice off your windshield, your view is still pretty obscured. Windshield wipers give you little to no help, just a few scraping streaks across the arctic tundra above your hood.

No, you can’t scrape a layer of ice away with just a tiny nail file. But it can unburden your wipers a bit. Suffice it to say, a nail file is certainly not one of the things you’ll regret leaving in your car this winter!

The reason your wipers aren’t doing much is because, over time, they tend to pick up all sorts of particulates that they trawl over on your windshield. Eventually, you’ll have to replace them, but in the short term, they’re more than usable if you clear them of the gunk. So take your handy nail file, run it up and down each blade thoroughly, and take a peek at the file afterward. You’ll see a whole lot of residue. Now your blades will fare much better when the flurries start flying, picking up way more traction than before. You can pair this trick with the easy way to defrost your windshield in under a minute

Of course, this hack won’t do you much good in the middle of a Nor’Easter or when you’re on your 13th year of using a set of wiper blades. But the benefits are well worth a buck at the local pharmacy and a minute of your time. Once your blades are ready to go, find out the easy way to melt ice in the winter (it’s not salt!).