Quick Tips for De-Icing Your Windshield

Quick Tips for De-Icing Your Windshield 

Winter weather can wreak havoc on vehicles, and few things are worse than an ice-covered windshield. It can slow down your morning significantly, and if you don’t remove all the ice, your visibility is reduced. Thankfully, we have some helpful tips and information to help you remove conquer icy windshields this winter. 

First, here are some things that you should avoid at all costs:

  1. Pouring hot water on the windshield, as the sudden temperature change can crack the glass

  2. Forcefully trying to remove the ice by using sharp objects that can scratch the glass 

  3. Leaving your car unattended while you turn on the engine to hasten the melting process

Instead, follow these tips:

Rely on De-Icer Sprays

You can buy de-icing spray from your local auto parts shop, or you can save money and make a spray at home with readily available ingredients. Fill a spray bottle with water and mix in a spoonful or two of salt. Compared to freshwater, saltwater has a lower freezing point, allowing it to melt the ice with ease. You can also combine one part of water to three parts of vinegar and spray this mixture on your windshield. It works quickly and won’t damage your vehicle. 

Melt from Inside to Out

To help the de-icer spray work faster, start your car and set the temperature on the warmest setting, slowly increasing the power. Use the defrost mode for the front and rear windshields.

Be sure that your tailpipe is clear of any ice, as a blocked tailpipe can lead to carbon monoxide exposure.

Removing the Ice

After applying the de-icer spray from the outside, let it sit on your windshield for a minute or two and it will start melting the ice. 

As you notice the ice loosening up, you can remove it with your windshield scraper. Then take a squeegee or soft-bristled brush and gently remove the remnants of ice.