The Fastest Ways to Defrost Your Windshield

frosted windshieldWe all have those mornings. We wake up late, grab breakfast to go, and rush out the door, only to realize: the temperature dropped and the car’s covered in frost. Luckily for you, there are ways to defrost the windshield without winding up 10 minutes late with numb fingers. The next time you find yourself running late with a frozen windshield, use these hacks for clearing a car windshield in winter.

How to Defrost a Windshield

  • Spray deicer and you can easily scrape away the remaining ice.
  • Make your own ice melting solvent with rubbing alcohol and dish soap or vinegar and water. Just be careful about where you spray your homemade solution.
  • Invest in a gloved ice scraper. When used in conjunction with your car’s defroster, it’s a numb fingers-free solution to an age old problem.

What Not to Do When Your Windshield is Frozen

  • Throw warm water on your windows. The temperature difference could cause the glass to crack.
  • Drive off before all of your windows are clear. It’s tempting when you’re late for work, but it’s not worth the driving hazard to yourself and other drivers.
  • Ignore fog that forms on your windshield after you scrape away the ice.

Plan Ahead

Want to skip the hassle of defrosting your windshield? Save time in the morning by:

  • Keeping your windshield clean. Moisture sloughs off more easily when your windshield is dirt-free.
  • Cover your windshield. Use cardboard, a blanket or towel, or old newspaper to keep frost from forming on the glass.
  • Park in the garage whenever possible. This doesn’t just prevent frosted windshields and frozen locks, but also extends the life of your vehicle.

Want to keep your car clean this winter? Stop by Towne Lake’s Carwash and Detail.

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