DEFROSTING your car’s windscreen is an irritating but vital task – failing to do so is dangerous and illegal. Here are three ways to de-ice your windscreen.
It can be all too tempting to turn on your engine and whack your car’s heating up in a bid to de-ice your windscreen.
But leaving your car’s engine running for long periods can damage it, particularly if it’s an older car.
Leaving your car idling in a bid to de-ice your windscreen isn’t great for the environment either.
But there are some simple methods to remove that pesky layer of frost from your windscreen without switching on your engine.
Never use boiling water on frozen glass. In your desperation to get on with your day, this might seem like a tempting option.
But such a fast temperature change can crack or shatter your windscreen.
Even warm water should be avoided, especially if your windscreen already has a chip or scratch.
Adding more water to your windscreen might actually make it harder for you to clear away the ice.
The additional water could even make your job harder if it refreezes before you’ve had the chance to clear the ice that’s already there.
Make your own sprays
Ahead of the winter months be sure to stock up on your own homemade de-icing spray.
Just mix one part water to two parts rubbing alcohol.
If you have an empty spray bottle put the solution into it and then spray the area.
If not, you can simply pour the solution evenly onto your windscreen.
Although chemical deicing sprays may seem like a quick option, these can damage your car’s paintwork and the environment.
Use an ice scraper
This may sound like an obvious choice but sometimes the old ways are the best.
Make sure you buy a proper ice scrapper ahead of the cold weather this winter. You don’t want to have to resort to desperate measures, such as using old CDs and credit cards.
Defrost car: Make sure you buy a proper ice scrapper ahead of the cold weather this winter
These will be much less effective and could even scratch the glass.
Be sure to clear away any snow first with a soft brush before you attempt to clear away the ice underneath.
Brushing snow away with your bare hands is a bad idea – if you are wearing any jewellery you risk scratching the glass and your hands will likely leave grease marks.
Stop your windscreen from de-frosting in the first place
If wintery conditions have been forecast. It will save you precious time if you take steps to prevent your windscreen from icing over in the first place.
Covering your windscreen before the frost sets in will help to stop ice from forming.
Windscreen covers can be bought from most petrol stations, or you can easily make them yourself.