Only use this method in areas with light snowfall, as it can be a heavy blanket to remove when weighed down with snow. An old credit card will do the trick too, but be careful not to scratch your glass. Road salt has a different chemical composition that makes it more effective at freezing temperatures.
The ice should quickly soften and melt to the point where it can be wiped away with a cloth, glove or your windscreen wiper. Defrosting quickly takes a minor amount of pre-planning, but saves a snow-capped mountain of headache later.
As the video explains, to defog the fastest, you need to create the optimal environment to aid the moisture removal process. As your car heats up, your headlights should also heat up. Janet Street-Porter. Already registered? Subscribe to Independent Minds to debate the big issues Want to discuss real-world problems, be involved in the most engaging discussions and hear from the journalists?
Also there are all sorts of other things that can go wrong, like scratching the glass with a diamond ring, for instance. Superbly-named meteorologist Ken Weathers suggests a simple solution of rubbing alcohol and water from a spray bottle. November 1st, 2013 148 Comments.
Join us? Not Helpful 0 Helpful 9. Updated December 03, 2018. In a pinch, it will work, but you might want a damp rag handy to remove any that gets on your paint.
Like with so many things — the best way to deal with defrosting your windscreen is to avoid having it freeze over in the first place. Shappi Khorsandi. Your car heater Granted this one takes a little planning in advance, but if you let your car heater blast for about 5 minutes, your defroster will be much more effective and your wipers can likely brush the slush or snow right off.
In very cold climates, cold water can also freeze on the windshield, making your troubles even worse. To de-ice your windshield, start your car and let it idle for 15 minutes to warm it up.
In a pinch you can use a standard squeegee to scrape ice, although this is not as effective. Typically, they are plastic, and have a large, flat, dull blade on one end, and a handle on the other, sometimes combined with a brush.
If you cannot see out your windshield, it is not safe to drive.
How to defrost windshield without breaking it Facebook Twitter Email. Road salt , which has a different chemical composition, works better when the temperature is very low.