How To de-ice Your Car In Cold Weather

How To de-ice Your Car In Cold Weather

Firstly, let’s start with what you shouldn’t do. Pouring hot or boiling water on a frozen windscreen can crack the glass, or quickly freeze again on the screen. Therefore avoid trying out the Tik too trend!

Pouring piping hot water onto your icy or frosted windshield can cause major damage. Furthermore, in extra cold temperatures, hot water thrown into the air actually turns into powder upon contact with the freezing cold air.

Instead, the AA says you should turn on your car – ensuring the wipers are off to avoid damage – and then turn on the warm air blower on the windscreen.

The AA also advises motorists to steer clear of any hacks they might have heard of – including using half a potato on the inside windows to stop them steaming up.

How To de-ice Your Car In Cold Weather

How To de-ice Your Car In Cold Weather

De-icing solutions, such as Window De-icer,” are readily available at most supermarkets. However, If you prefer the n you’d rather take the DIY route, you can also make a homemade de-icing spray with a saltwater or alcohol solution.

To make a saltwater de-icer, simply mix a few teaspoons of table salt, or road salt, into a spray bottle filled with water. Be sure to use this spray sparingly, as heavy salt exposure may cause damage to your windshield.

Don’t leave too much liquid on the glass or it could potentially freeze if it gets cold enough. However, it is worth noting: according to AAA, some glass professionals believe that exposing your windshield to liquid vinegar too often could damage the glass.

The handy ice scraper is the go-to option for ice removal – however, not all ice scrapers are created equal! It’s wise to choose a scraper with a soft brush on one end and to make sure that the scraper you choose is made of plastic rather than metal. You can help to loosen and break apart the frost and ice with the brush end, and then remove thicker patches of ice with the scraping end.


Never get on the road with ice or snow still on your car. It could cause an accident and is illegal in many places.


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