In the winter months it can be a hard task just setting off to work in mornings. It’s dark, wet, cold and then you have to wait for what seems an eternity for the windscreen to defrost and clear. Once you have scraped the outside and get in the car, it steams up!
So, to help things move along a little quicker and get you on the road safely, here are our top seven tips to keeping your windscreen clear this winter.
Plan ahead to save time in the mornings by putting a windscreen or full car cover on the night before. It always helps to be prepared and you will be grateful for the opportunity to get on your way a lot quicker the next morning.
Leave Plenty of Time
If you can, allow ten minutes to clear your windscreen using a scraper or a de-icer. Also make sure to clear the side and back windows as it’s vital to have good all-around visibility. Don’t forget to check your headlights and side mirrors to ensure for optimal visibility. If you are rushing, you are likely to miss something and not be able to see clearly when driving. I’m sure the consequences of this don’t need explaining so factoring in extra time is a no-brainer.
Keep a Bottle of De-Icer in Your Car
De-icer bottles are not very expensive, you can even get them from shops like Poundland. Buy a few and keep one in your car. It’s easy to use; just squirt it on the outside of the screen if it’s frozen over and use a proper scraper (not a bank card or CD case as this will damage them) to scrape the ice from the windows.
Don’t Reach for the Kettle
DO NOT pour a kettle of boiling hot water over the windows in an attempt to melt the ice. The shock from going from sub-zero temperatures to nearly 100 degrees Celsius in a matter of seconds can crack your windows leading to an expensive bill which nobody wants! If you are going to use water, only use lukewarm water.
Use Your Heater, Properly
Not many people know how to demist the inside of their car quickly. To stop the inside misting up, use the heater but start off cold, then very slowly increase the heat as the temperature changes and the air dries out. It is very important if you use the vehicle’s heater/screen demister that you don’t leave your car unattended while you
wait for it to defrost. This increases the risk of having your vehicle stolen. Some newer cars have an automatic demister button which will automatically set the fan to the correct temperature in the car, allowing the windscreen to demist quickly.
Do Not Use Your Windscreen Wipers or a Cloth on the Windscreen
It is so tempting just to turn the wipers on, thinking it will clear everything for you, but this is definitely not a good option. If the windscreen is frozen, this means your windscreen wipers are likely frozen too. By turning them on you will cause the wipers damage, which will result in you needing to replace them sooner.
Don’t be tempted to wipe the inside of the screen with a cloth. It will clear the screen in the short term; however, it will leave marks or a foam of grease on your windscreen which will make it harder to see through later. Use the heater. It won’t take long once the car warms up.
Wait for It, Be Patient
Do not move off until your windscreen, rear window, side windows, mirrors, lights and number plate are all clear and free of any condensation, ice or snow. If you don’t, it is not only dangerous, but it could mean you miss seeing a car coming out of a drive or side road. It’s also illegal to drive with poor visibility as stated by the Highway Code.
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