By John Pedler
Published: Wednesday, June 5, 2019
As winter approaches, overnight temperatures are set to drop, meaning we could see icy car windows when we wake up in the morning.
But before you boil the kettle and throw hot water on your windscreen to get rid of the ice – stop!
It might seem like the best and quickest way to melt the ice, but it’s certainly not the safest way to solve the problem.
“The extreme change in temperature could cause the glass of the windscreen to expand too quickly and potentially crack,” RAA Senior Manager Future Mobility Mark Borlace said.
“Plus, if your windscreen is already damaged or slightly cracked, it’s very likely that the extreme change in temperature will cause the windscreen to crack completely.”
Our experts say the best way to defrost your windscreen is through a gradual change in temperature.
“You can either do this from the inside of your car, by using the air conditioner to gradually warm the windscreen,” Mr Borlace said.
“Or get cold water straight from the kitchen tap, and pour that gently over your window.
“If you’ve got time, nip out a half an hour before you’re due to leave and move the car into the sunlight if there is any. That should be enough to remove any mild frost.
“Or, the tried and trusted method of using an old credit card can be used to gently scrape away the offending frost and clear the windscreen.
“And while we’re at it, you should know it’s also not a good idea to remove the frost using your wiper blades as it’ll damage them.”
Remember winter weather can often make it more difficult to see clearly when you’re driving.
It’s particularly important to make sure your windscreen is clean and clear, and for those rainy days ahead – make sure your wipers are up to the job.
If they are unable to wipe the glass effectively, causing streaks, smearing and loss of visibility, replace the wiper rubbers immediately to ensure you can see clearly.