We’ve all been there – waking up to a Wintery wonderland and not being able to fully enjoy playing in the snow like school kids. The first thought that usually comes to mind is “I hope my windscreen isn’t frozen!” when you see the white outdoors. The struggle of defrosting and swiping ice from the windscreen is a tale we know of all too well.
There are a few tips we have to help you clear ice from your car windows safely, preventing any damage to happen to your vehicle..
Prevention is key
The simplest tip for removing ice from your car windows is to prevent any from freezing in the first place! Park your car in a garage, shelter or covered area to avoid the last-minute panic on the rush to work.
Use window covers or a tarp to cover glass areas on the car. If you’re on a budget, you can make your own DIY screen protectors by attaching paper bags and cardboard beneath the windscreen wipers. This will stop any ice from forming and you won’t have to spend an extra 15 minutes waiting for it to defrost!
Do your essential safety checks
As boring and cliché as it sounds, these safety checks have the potential to save your life. Before you get in the car, check the tailpipe is free from snow and ice. The tailpipe of your car is where the carbon monoxide exits the vehicle, and also one of the easiest places to be covered in ice and snow.
Before driving, make sure your car's exhaust pipe is not blocked with snow or ice–which can cause deadly carbon monoxide to leak into car.
— Debra Holtzman (@SafetyExpert_) January 27, 2015
To avoid the excess carbon monoxide building up in the inside of your car and causing potentially fatal poisonings, make sure that the tailpipe is clear before you even consider turning on the engine.
Let the car do the work!
Before you even think about getting out on the road and scraping the ice from your windscreen, let your car do most of the hard work for you. Get the engine started and run it for at least 5 minutes before you even attempt to blast the heaters! When the engine has been on for about 10 minutes, you should now turn on all of the heaters and defroster in the car. Doing this before 10 minutes is pointless as the engine isn’t warm enough to melt any ice.
Scraping ice off your windscreen before work is not ideal. #freezing
— Carl Aston (@Carl_Aston) October 25, 2015
When the ice starts to melt from the car’s heating system, you can start scraping the snow and ice from the windscreen.
Use a plastic ice scraper and a soft brush to remove the ice from the screen. Do not apply too much pressure to the tool or attempt to remove ice with other parts of it – stick to the section which is intended for ice removal to ensure you do not damage the car.
Although it can be tempting to aggressively scrape the ice from your car if you’re in a rush, it can be damaging to the windscreen of your car and possibly leave you with chips, marks and scratches.
Before you drive away…
It goes without saying that it is essential for all of the ice to be removed before you even think about driving. You should be able to see the road ahead clearly with no areas that cover your vision and create a blind spot. If you drive with even a tiny chunk of ice on the screen, it could be dangerous.
Avoid hot water at all costs!
It can be all-too tempting to just throw a bucket of hot water over the glass. Yes, it removes the ice within seconds but is also one of the most dangerous things you can do to a vehicle.
Overpowering the freezing glass with hot water can force the particles in the glass to expand quickly, forcing the screen apart and has the potential to shatter the whole screen.
When it comes to safely removing ice from your car windows, Warranty Wise are here to make sure you are not causing any damage to your vehicle whilst getting you on the road as soon as possible.