Quick Tips for De-Icing Your Windshield

Quick Tips for De-Icing Your Windshield 

Commuting in hazardous weather conditions is a nightmare, and it can be even worse in the winter, thanks to snow and ice. An icy windshield can slow down your morning significantly, and removing the ice can be a time-consuming process. However, we’re here to help! Below, you will find some helpful tips and information to help you remove the ice from your windshield quickly and safely. But first, here are some things you should never do:

  1. Pour hot water on the windshield, as the sudden temperature change can crack the glass

  2. Forcefully trying to remove the ice by using sharp objects that can scratch the glass 

  3. Leave your car unattended while you turn on the engine to hasten the melting process

Instead this is what you should do:

Rely on De-Icer Sprays

You can buy de-icing spray from your local auto parts shop. However, the cheaper option is to make the concoction at home with readily available ingredients. Fill a spray bottle with water and mix in a spoonful or two of salt. When the saltwater comes in contact with ice, the ice melts immediately. 

Compared to freshwater, saltwater has a lower freezing point. Alternately, you can even combine one part of water to three parts of vinegar and spray this mixture on your windshield. It works its magic in a few seconds without damaging your vehicle. Always store your de-icer spray at room temperature, never in your car trunk.

Melt from Inside to Out

To help the de-icer spray work quickly, start your car engine and set the temperature on the warmest setting, slowly increasing the power. For the two windshields (front and rear), select the defrost mode.

While seated in your car during this time, beware of exposure to carbon monoxide. The best way to rule out any such risk is to make sure your tailpipe is clear of any ice.

Aid the Removal of Ice

After applying the de-icer spray from the outside, let it sit on your windshield for a bit. In a minute or two, it starts taking effect by melting the ice. Your windshield does not require a lot of spray.

As you notice the ice loosening up, you can lightly chip it using your windshield scraper. With your car cloth or soft-bristled brush, gently remove the remnants of ice visible on your vehicle. 

Take great precautions while driving, especially in bad weather, and treat your car with the respect it deserves. When you prioritize safety above all else, you realize the value of spending a little extra time and effort.