Winters aren’t an easy time for any of us, and they certainly aren’t easy for our cars. After all, it can’t all be snowball fights and snowmen, right?
But no amount of laziness or cold can equal to the inconvenience of a windshield covered in snow. Although snow in Florida is rare, it does happen. And when it does, we are mostly ill-prepared, resulting in us damaging our windshields.
Yes, you heard that right. We damage our own windshields. Not purposely, but out deicing methods are what draw us in. Using a metal scraper on the windshield or pouring hot water all over it to soften a hard layer of snow is like a death sentence for your shield. The metal scraper hinders visibility by causing scratches to appear on the car. And the hot water weakens the glass and causes cracks due by exposing it to two extreme temperatures.
If you want to avoid damaging your windshield, you need to use safer deicing methods.
Confused? Don’t know what to do? Relax. We gotcha back! Try the three deicing ways mentioned below to avoid causing windshield damage.
Buy a commercial deicing spray from your local car products and accessories store. Don’t buy just any deicing spray, or its harsh chemicals might damage your windshield. Buy one made specifically for auto glass.
Start your car and turn the defroster on and see the magic happen in 10 to 15 minutes. Don’t blast both your defroster and car heater on maximum heat to quicken the process. While it may effectively melt the ice, but exposure to both extreme cold and hot temperatures at the same time will damage your windshield. Wait a few minutes instead.
Rubbing alcohol solution
Add two parts rubbing alcohol to one part room-temperature water in a spray bottle and mix to form a deicing agent. Spray the solution on the snow-covered windshield and watch the snow melt away. If the snow cover is too thick, then repeat the process.
These three are the most common deicing methods. However, if you really care about your car, then be sure to check the forecast for snowfall during winter to take the necessary precautions. Taking precautions will help you skip the deicing process once and for all.
Cover your car, or park it in a covered garage to avoid snow covering your windshield. Otherwise, what you can do is create a solution that stops the snow from forming a cover on the windshield in the first place.
The night before, spray the windshield and other auto glass of your car with a vinegar solution. Mix three parts of apple cider vinegar with one part water and use. The acid in the vinegar will counter the snow.
Some people believe that this solution can also be used as a deicer. Still, it hasn’t proven effective in all situations.
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