Getting out of bed is hard enough on cold winter mornings, but the thought of having to go outside to de-ice car windows can make you want to hibernate till March. Having a plan in place before the cold descends can save you time when it does. In this post, we’re taking a look at the best way to de-ice a windshield and some top tips from our tanker drivers. Nobody likes the extra time it takes to leave the house in winter, but those extra few minutes could save your life.
The first thing you want to do when you find your car covered in ice is to get inside and check that the windscreen wipers are switched off. This is a key step but it is often overlooked.
You might think that turning on the wipers is a quick way to clear the worst of the snow off your car, but if the wipers are stuck to the windshield, turning them on can burn out their motor or destroy the rubber.
Before you start scraping, the best way to de-ice a windshield is to turn on your car’s engine and put all of the heat up as high as possible. Ensure that hot air blows at both the front and rear windows to clear them as quickly as possible.
While your car is heating up from the inside, step out of the car (remembering to close the door behind you to trap the heat) and take a soft brush to remove any snow from the vehicle. Make sure you brush the snow off the top of the car when you do this, or it could fall off while you drive. If that happens, it can block your vision or pose a hazard to other drivers.
Once there’s no more snow, go around each window with a scraper to help de-ice the car windows.
Before you drive anywhere, make sure that the car is completely clear of snow and ice and that your windows are free from all fog or steam. It can be tempting to skip this step if you think you can see enough, but without full, unhindered visibility, you pose a serious threat to yourself and any other drivers on the road.
We spoke to some of our own Rix Petroleum tanker drivers, and they gave us a few tips that they find helpful for de-icing a windscreen.
Nobody likes to be standing around waiting for the car to heat up, and knowing the best way to de-ice car windows is a great way to minimise that time. For more cold weather advice, including winter driving tips and ways to keep warm when it’s cold out, check out our blog.