If you live in an area that gets snow, you know what a hassle it can be to get your windshield defrosted in the cold temperatures. You have to wake up earlier to ensure you have enough time to safely de-ice your windshield so you can clearly see the road. Standing outside in freezing temperatures scraping away at built-up ice is no way to spend your morning, which is why we’ve compiled 5 helpful tips for safely de-icing your windshield. These steps will help to make the process easier for you while also protecting your windshield from serious damage.
Start Your Car Prior To Leaving
One of the easiest ways to deal with an icy windshield is to turn on your vehicle’s engine and defroster. It should only take around 10 or 15 minutes for the engine to heat up and help your front and rear defroster to melt the ice and make it easier to remove. This method can help to loosen ice or snow but will not remove large quantities of snow alone. You will still need to use a soft bristle snow broom to remove snow/ice from your windshield, rear windshield, roof, and license plates before driving. Letting your car idle on a cold day isn’t a necessity and may waste fuel, so it may not be a method you choose to use daily.
Make a De-Icing Solution
There are many de-icing solutions available to purchase but in a pinch, it can be easier to make your own. It uses just three common household ingredients and takes under 5 minutes to create. Using 70% isopropyl alcohol, add 1 cup to a spray bottle. Then add 1 cup of water and a few drops of dish shop before shaking to combine thoroughly. Spray the mixture onto your windshield to help loosen any ice and make it easier to remove. This solution can also be used to help unfreeze door locks and handles, too. Try to avoid using your windshield wipers to remove ice and snow because it can cause damage to the wipers or glass. Be sure to keep the spray bottle clearly labeled as de-icer and out of reach from any children or pets.
Use a Windshield Cover
Purchasing a windshield cover is an excellent way to prevent ice from building up on your windshield during cold temperatures and winter weather. There are many different products available to fit most makes and models of vehicles, as well as budgets. You can even make your own version of a windshield cover at home using large pieces of cardboard, blanket, towels, or even your rubber floor mats! Many people use grocery bags to cover side mirrors to keep them ice-free. DIY versions of a windshield cover may not completely prevent snow and ice build-up but it can help to make clean up considerably quicker and easier. It’s important to note that windshield covers may not withstand strong winter storms and should be avoided when high winds or extreme snowfall levels are in the forecast.
This is another quick and easy way to help melt ice on your vehicle’s windshield but this method should be used with caution. It’s important that your water is at a mild, lukewarm temperature and not overly hot. If you pour water that is too hot on a frozen windshield, it can cause the glass to crack and become damaged. You won’t want to be without your vehicle during the cold winter while you schedule a windshield repair, so double-checking the temperature of your water is crucial. In cases of extremely cold temperature, pouring water on your windshield can cause it to shatter or the water can even re-freeze while driving, which can make it difficult for windshield wipers to work. Never use an ice scraper after pouring water on your windshield, instead, try a soft snow broom.
Invest in a Remote Starter
While this is the most expensive solution on this list, a remote starter for your car is a great investment that helps to simplify your daily routine. It eliminates the need for you to exit your house in the cold temperatures and allows you to get your vehicle warm and windshield defrosted with just the push of a button. When your car is already warm for you, it makes clearing off the windshield easier and is better for your engine.
Safely de-icing your windshield will help to preserve the glass and keep you safe while on the road. Remember to clear your rear and side mirrors to ensure you are able to see the road and traffic clearly. You can also keep a large blanket or towels in your trunk in case of an emergency during cold temperatures. If your vehicle breaks down or you are stuck due to snow, this will ensure that you and your family stay safe and warm.