How To De Ice Your Windshield
Winter is the time when most of the traffic accidents tend to occur, while this is mostly due to the condition of the road, few people realize that poor visibility is as big a culprit as any other factor. With this said, you should take every precaution possible to ensure that your windshield’s visibility is not hindered when winter comes. While most vehicles today come with defrosters to help them keep the windows and windshields free from frost and ice, it simply is not enough sometimes, especially if you are restarting your vehicle after a long time. Here are some simple deicing solutions you can use to ensure that your vehicle remains road worthy in even the worst winter conditions.
Firstly, get an ice scraper, preferably a long one so that you can reach every corner of your car’s windshield and back glass. When you get your car started, keep it on for about 10 – 15 minutes, this will help loosen the ice as the car warms up. You can also turn on the defroster underneath the windshield which can melt the coldest ice which forms at the base of the windshield.
Now, get your ice scraper out and put in some effort scrapping the windshield clean of any icy residue which might be left here. This also has the added benefit of warming you and loosening your muscles up for the drive ahead.
You are also encouraged to get a deicer spray; these are easily available in supermarkets and can help you clean your windows better. Use a deicer spray along with an ice scraper for best results. If you do not wish to get a deicer spray or do not have the time for it, you can also make a simple deicer solution in your home by making 3:1 vinegar to water solution or a 2:1 rubbing alcohol to water solution. These can work just fine too.
Remember that the safety of your family is in your hand and you can never be too careful on the road, regardless of what auto companies might claim. Ensuring good visibility is of paramount importance so make sure you have enough of it.