What’s the best way to de-ice your car windscreen?

Are you one of the many car owners who wake up to a frozen windscreen and need to de-ice your car before hitting the road? Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered! This blog will discuss how to properly de-ice your car windscreen without damaging it. These steps will help ensure you have a safe journey ahead. So if you’re looking for ways to defrost your vehicle’s windscreen in no time, then read on!

Simple steps to de-ice your windscreen

The first step in de-icing your car windscreen is to turn on the ignition and warm the air blower. This will help melt away any ice that may have formed overnight. To ensure maximum efficiency, you should also switch off all other electrical components, such as headlights, wipers, and interior lights and pull down the visors on both sides; this keeps the warm air directed onto the screen from the front vents. Once the air starts circulating warm air inside your vehicle, you can then begin gently clearing away the exterior snow by hand to avoid damaging the paintwork or window – please avoid using metal objects as they could potentially scratch or damage your windscreen. 

Once most of the snow has been cleared away, you can then proceed to use a scraper. It’s important you DO NOT apply too much pressure whilst scraping, as this might cause irreparable damage to the glass itself. 

Overall, de-icing your car windscreen doesn’t have to be a daunting task. By following the steps outlined above, you can get your vehicle ready for the road in no time. If temperatures drop suddenly and frost forms on the inside of your windscreen, use the warm air to melt it away and remove any dampness/water with a microfibre cloth. 

Do not use your windscreen wipers to clear the snow and ice

When you start your car with snow or ice over the windscreen, please do not try to use your wipers to remove it. You could end up damaging the rubbers on the blades, stopping them from making contact with the glass. This causes them not to work correctly and ultimately shortens their life. You will then have to get them replaced. Some customers use a de-icer to remove the frost; please be aware that prolonged use of de-icer can also cause the window rubber and blades to degrade over time. 

Do not pour hot water onto your windscreen to defrost

Please do not pour boiling hot water over a car’s windscreen during cold temperatures, as this could possibly damage the glass. Doing so may cause it to crack or shatter from the sudden temperature change, especially if there is a chip or scratch within the glass. 

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David Groves

We can definitely feel Spring is on the way with much milder mornings. Winter really hasn't really shown its face apart from the recent cold spell when the water onboard froze and the snow stopped us from working for a few days. Spring is much needed, now we can see the outside world waking up, especially when driving along the country lanes and the sun is out.

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