Last week we talked about the effects of cold weather on tire pressure. This week we’ll focus on another vehicle issues that arises in winter: icy and snow-covered windshields. Have you ever been in a rush to get to work on a chilly morning, only to find a thick coating of ice crystallized on your windshield? Not only is this debacle annoying, it can also pose a huge safety hazard.
You have a few options in this situation. you can start the car, turn on the defrost and hope the sun helps to melt away the ice. You can also whip out the ice scraper (or CD case, credit card, spatula…whatever you have!) and push the process along by sloughing off the frost. Or you can plan ahead by doing the following things.
Cover the Windshield. Considering that icy conditions are often news in Williamsburg, Toano and Yorktown, it’s likely that you’ll have a heads up to the next morning’s weather conditions. If stubborn frost is expected, cover both the front and back windshields with a tarp and secure with bungee cords. This is the most direct option.
Pretreat the Windshield. Most auto care stores carry chemical solutions that you can spray on before a frost to prevent buildup, but making your own works just as well and is certainly more cost effective. Mix 3 parts vinegar and 1 part water in a spray bottle and apply at night (The Dollar Stretcher).
Remove the Ice in Record Time. Didn’t anticipate the frost? No worries. Start the defroster and apply a mix of water and rubbing alcohol to the windshield. It should slush right off after a little time.
One big defrosting “don’t!”: Especially when temps or wind chills are far below freezing, never pour hot/warm water on an icy windshield. You risk cracking the glass, which is a costly annoyance that is definitely worst than waiting for the defroster to do its job.
That’s it for our latest winter car care tip. Call, contact us, or stop by to make a service appointment so our technicians can make sure your vehicle is ready to face the rest of the season!
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