De-icing Your Vehicle
Most motorists today would have woken up to a car covered in ice. Here are a few tips for de-icing your vehicle this winter.
Plan ahead to save time in the mornings, either by putting on a windscreen cover, or soaking a towel in a saltwater solution and putting that on the night before or getting up a little earlier so you have plenty of time to de-ice your vehicle. We recommend allowing about 10 minutes to clear your windscreen thoroughly using a scraper and de-icer if necessary. Don’t forget about the other windows and your mirrors as well … they’re just as vital for safe visibility and are often ignored, limiting your vision, especially at junctions.
Don’t be tempted to pull away until the windscreen is fully clear – it can be dangerous and the Highway Code states it is illegal to drive with poor visibility.
Never pour hot or boiling water on your windscreen, otherwise you run the risk of cracking the glass and an expensive repair bill.
Only use wipers to remove excess ice after de-icing your car. Keep them switched off until the ice has been removed or they could break or become damaged.
It’s also a good idea to carry a lock de-icer with you to clear your lock. If your locks do get frozen, try warming the key or spraying de-icer or an oil-based lubricant into the lock.
Running and heating your car from the inside will help gradually lose the frost. If you use the vehicle’s heater /screen demister, don’t leave your car unattended while you wait for it to defrost as you run the risk of having your vehicle stolen.
Motorists should not drive until all the ice has been removed and the windscreen has stopped steaming up.
Finally, ensure all your vehicle lights, front and rear, are free from frost and/or snow – a thick film of frost on the lens can affect the intensity of the lights, making it difficult for other road users to see you or your signals.