February 11, 2016

Getting out of bed is hard enough on cold winter mornings, but the thought of having to go outside to de-ice your vehicle can make us want to hibernate till March.

We have spoken to some of the Rix Petroleum tanker drivers and here’s a list of their top tips for quickly and safely de-icing your windscreen.

  1. Never use boiling water from the kettle straight onto your windscreen. The sudden heat could create cracks, so only use lukewarm water. This will be just as effective.
  2. Refrain from switching on your windscreen wipers until you have fully cleared the ice. The wipers may drag on the ice and break them.
  3. When you purchase a new ice scraper, make sure it has a long handle so you can reach across the whole windscreen. This will help speed up the clearing of your car.
  4. We’re not sure if this is a proven fact, but one tanker driver told us that if you leave a towel that has been soaked in a saltwater solution on your windscreen at night, your window will remain frost free. Let us know if this is a success for you.
  5. If you have run out of chemical de-icer, try spraying with a salt solution. This will dissolve the ice just as well as a shop bought bottle.
  6. Try running your engine and turning the heat up. This will loosen the ice from the inside, making it easier to remove.

With these helpful tips, there’s no need to spend too much time in the early morning winter temperatures anymore.


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