Quick Tips for De-Icing Your Windshield

Quick Tips for De-Icing Your Windshield

If you live in a snow-prone part of the country, you know the hassles of preparing your car for a drive every morning. Walking across fresh snow and finding a thick layer of ice on your windshield is the most bothersome part of the chilly season. You need to defog and de-ice your windshields and other glass before driving off. To get the car road-ready on a winter morning, here are a few things you can do:

Prepare a De-Icing Spray

When you want to remove ice safely from the windshield, it is best to use a de-icing spray. This solution can speed up the process of melting the ice and clear the snow resting on your car’s windows and windshields. The best way is to make the formula the evening before and keep it stored in a spray bottle. Don’t forget to carry an additional spray bottle with the formula in your car when heading out for long-distance travel. You can prepare the formula in two ways. 

  • Prepare a solution of 30 percent water and 70 percent isopropyl alcohol in a spray bottle. Due to its freezing point at five degrees, this formula works faster at removing ice. 

  • You can also make a solution by combining water with two scoops of salt and mixing them together in a spray bottle. Since salt has a low freezing point, it is an effective remedy for icy windshields.

De-Ice the Windshield with Caution

It’s important to follow the right procedures for applying the formula to avoid any damage to the windshield. The best way is to start the car and slowly turn up the temperature in your car. Start with the defroster, then turn the heat on When following this process, don’t forget to check the tailpipe as well. The tailpipe may have blockage due to melted ice, and this blockage results in exposure to carbon monoxide.

Use Right Way of Applying De-Icing Spray

While defrosting helps to melt the ice below the surface, the de-icing spray takes care of the ice on top. After applying the solution, allow it to rest for some time. Then, use a windshield scraper to gently remove the ice without scratching the windshield. Once the ice gets loose, wipe it away. Do not use excess de-icing spray and opt a soft-bristled brush for wiping away the residues of ice and spray.

Don’t Ignore Other Glass

Even if you are in a hurry, don’t overlook ice settled on other glass of your vehicle. It is important for safety when driving on a wintery morning. Remove ice from all windows and the side mirrors to avoid any risk of collision due to hindered vision.

Icy windshields are a common sight on frigid winter mornings. To avoid them, cover your windshield every night. If you notice any chips or cracks due to ice or excessive snow on the windshield, take your car to a mechanic immediately.