‘I’m a car expert – you’ve been de-icing windscreens wrong’

The chilly mornings mean frosty car windows, a real nuisance whether you’re off to work or on the school run. But it’s crucial to de-ice them properly to avoid damaging the glass.

Drivers have been sharing their hacks to beat colder weather, including rubbing a vegetable on car windows to stop them from fogging up and gadgets that can heat the car without even turning the gas on. 

Now, Roger Griggs from Kwik Fit has shared his top tips for de-icing, which will make winter easier for drivers. He warns against pouring boiling water over the windows as the temperature difference “can result in a cracked window and an expensive bill”.

Social media is full of hacks for dealing with icy cars. One suggests using a sandwich bag filled with warm water against the glass. But Roger warns this can cause the glass to crack, especially if there’s already a chip or crack in your windscreen.

A common mistake is not de-icing all your windows and leaving the car unattended with the engine on or keys in.

So, what should we do? It might seem obvious, but many forget – get a proper window scraper. Some suggest using a credit card, but this could damage your card or scratch the windscreen. A specially designed scraper works best.

Roger also has another top tip. “Assuming you don’t have a garage – if you do, the car should be in it, if possible – then park as close to the house as you can, [as] the heat from the home could help prevent ice forming.

“If you can’t park close to buildings, try to point your car to the east so the windscreen will be the first part of the car the sun hits.”

Roger suggests: “Some owners have a full car cover, but if that feels a bit over the top or expensive, covering your windscreen with a blanket or cardboard will help.

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“But make sure it’s secure a windy night could see your cover disappearing down the road.”

He also advises to give enough time for the windscreen to defrost properly. “If it’s an especially cold morning you may have to spray another round of de-icer,” he says.

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