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10 Creative Ways to Stay Warm in a Car That Has No Heat

If you don't have heat in your car and the temperatures drop, you could be in for a very uncomfortable ride. Here are ten ways to combat the cold in your car.

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Start your vehicle early

Even if your car doesn’t have heat, if you start up your car a solid 10 to 15 minutes before you plan on getting in, the engine will add heat under the hood and with the fan turned on, it will warm up the inside of the vehicle by a few degrees. Here are 5 clever tips to keep you safe on the road during winter.

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Purchase a small heater

A portable heater for your car is going to save you this winter. This dashboard heater plugs into your car’s power socket, directing heat to the front, top and all around the car, thanks to the high-powered fan, as well as two strategically placed vents that will target both the windshield and the inside of the car. Don’t miss these 14 ways to winterize your car.

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Use a windshield cover

A windshield cover keeps snow and ice off of your windshield and provides some insulation. This cover has magnetic edges that make it easy to put on and take off. Here are 8 tips to get your car through winter.

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Try a heated travel mug

That hot cup of coffee is ideal when you first get in your car, but if you don’t have heat, it will cool off very quickly. Keep your drink and your hands warm with a heated travel mug. This stainless steel cup plugs into your car’s power socket and maintains a temperature of 140° F. And don’t miss these 10 accessories that will make your car smarter.

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Buy a plug-in seat warmer

Just because your car isn’t fancy enough to have built-in seat warmers (along with not having heat!), doesn’t mean you can’t have a warm seat. Purchase an after-market seat cover to help thaw out and warm up you and your car while you drive. Find out these 15 weird things that happen to your body in the winter.

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Install a block heater

If you install a block heater on your engine, which plugs into a household outlet, it will warm your engine as well as vital fluids, despite the frigid temps. The block heater will both help the engine components work better while also heating up the engine more quickly and helping to warm up the passenger compartment. Here’s how to unlock your car in 30 seconds or less.

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Purchase a heated hat

According to Harvard Health, there’s little subcutaneous fat for insulation in the head. “As a result, even if the rest of your body is nicely wrapped up, if your head is uncovered you’ll lose lots of body heat—potentially up to 50 percent of it—in certain cold-weather conditions.” If a regular hat isn’t cutting it, upgrade to an electric one!

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Keep wool blankets in the car

If you need an extra layer despite being bundled up, be sure you have blankets in your car. Wool is a good insulating fabric because it traps air. Here are 20 genius camping gear items you can find at Harbor Freight, including a durable wool blanket.

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Get a steering wheel warmer

You need your hands to drive, but when hot air isn’t blowing out from your car’s vents, they’re likely to get very stiff and cold. Plug this steering wheel warmer into your car’s power socket. It will then automatically release a temperature of 95° F to 113° F to warm up your hands. Here are 7 tips to keep your hands and feet warm during winter.

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Stash disposable heating packets

Keep some single-use, disposable hand and feet warming packets in your car for unexpected cold weather if you don’t have heat in your car.

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