One of the most tedious winter tasks is de-icing your vehicle’s windshield. From the time it adds to your daily commute to your hands feeling like they’re frozen solid, getting that sheet of ice out of the way can be exhausting. Check out these do’s and don’ts for de-icing your windshield so you can protect your vehicle and be on your way.
Do: Try using a de-icer spray
Many hardware stores sell windshield de-icer sprays that make clearing your windshield easier. But you can also make the solution with a few ingredients at home. One option consists of putting two parts 70% isopropyl alcohol with one part water in a spray bottle. This method works because alcohol has a lower freezing points than water and can thaw the ice.
Don’t: Use hot water
While adding hot to cold might seem like a good idea, you should not pour hot water onto your frozen windshield. The extreme change in temperature could cause your windshield to crack — or shatter completely.
Do: Scrape gently
Rather than aggressively hacking away at the ice on your windshield, start gently. First, brush off any loose snow or ice. After that, use a plastic ice scraper to get the rest of the ice off the windshield. Never use metal tools, though, because they can scratch the glass of your windshield.
If your vehicle’s windshield has any cracks or chips in it, you’ll want to get it fixed as soon as possible at our Collision Centre at Downtown AutoGroup.