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Top Tips To Defrost Your Windscreen

Winter weather is upon us, and already many drivers will have had frozen windscreens to deal with before their morning and evening commutes.

Don’t take any chances, make sure you allow an extra 10 minutes to defrost your windscreen properly before setting off and follow these quick tips for windscreen safety:

  • DO NOT use hot water to melt the ice. This could crack the windscreen, especially if you already have any chips or small cracks in the glass.
  • Use the air-conditioning. Gently circulate warm air around the car with the fan system, and using the heated rear screen and mirrors (if you’re lucky enough to have them) will make your job much easier. If you’ve got air-conditioning, remember it isn’t only for summer – it produces dry air which will help keep cold glass mist-free.
  • Stay with the car all the time – if you must go back indoors switch off and lock the car. Thieves look out for unattended cars being defrosted with the engine left running, so leaving your vehicle with the keys in for even a moment is a very bad idea.
  • Fully clear your windows. Don’t even consider driving off without fully clearing your windows. Your visibility will be drastically reduced, increasing the risk of accidents.
  • Don’t leave your wipers on when frost is forecast. Windscreen wipers can become frozen to the windscreen, meaning you risk damaging the motor if you have them running when they’re stiff. Don’t try to force them off the glass either. Wait until the ice has defrosted.
  • Clear all snow from your car. It’s important to clear all snow off so if doesn’t fall from your roof onto the car windscreen, suddenly reducing your visibility while driving. A soft brush is the best thing to use. Also make sure the front grille is clear so there is no risk of your engine overheating, and ensure your lights are clean and working.
  • Don’t use your hands to de-mist your windows. Your own breath on cold windows brings with it fresh misery in colder weather – but use a lint-free absorbent cloth or pad to clear if off. Using your hand will leave greasy smears across the glass, reducing your visibility.
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