How To De-ice Your Windshield

Winter brings with it all sorts of unpleasant weather. And the effects of that weather usually hit us first thing in the morning, as we're about to get into our car. Ice, snow and frost always seem to make themselves at home on our windshields, leaving us frustrated and late for work as we try in vain to de-ice our windshield. If you're looking for a few tricks on how to de-ice your windshield, try these steps.

Step 1

Turn on your car. The first thing you need to do in order to de-ice your windshield is to turn on your car. Turn your heater on to full blast and turn on your windshield defrost button as well. Depending on the thickness of the ice, this method alone will take at least half an hour. So you're best to try another method as your car works to heat up.

Step 2

Use your snowbrush. There is likely a layer of snow on top of the ice on your windshield, and it will take you much less time to de-ice your windshield if you remove that snow. Invest in a decent snowbrush and try to remove as much snow as you can from your windshield.  (And don't just brush it onto your car hood, or it will blow back up in your face the minute you start driving. Brush it to the ground.)

Step 3

Scrape off the ice. If your car heater has been running, by now it has probably loosened the ice from your windshield a bit. Using the scraper end of your snowbrush, scrape away the ice from your windshield. This will require a little bit of elbow grease. Make sure you've got a good pair of gloves on too, as the ice chips will likely spray back at you as you de-ice your windshield. If you are without your trusty snowbrush, a credit card works in a pinch as a scraper. Be sure to have a firm grip on the card though, or it might end up in pieces (which might not be a bad thing for some of us!)

Step 4

Let the window heat up. Once all of the ice is removed from your windshield, you may be tempted to drive off into the sunset.  But a cold windshield that has just been de-iced will cover over in frost the minute it hits cold air. It's important to give it a few extra minute to warm up after you de-ice your windshield so it will lessen frost and ice build-up.

Step 5

Prevent future build-up. To save yourself some time in the future, you can apply a de-icing solution to your clean and dry windshield. You can purchase these at your local auto store, or a simple mixture of equal parts water and vinegar will do (for a day). Using a de-icing solution lessens the severity of ice build-up on your windshield. And on a snowy winter morning, that should put a smile on your face.


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