When it’s winter in Punta Gorda, Florida, it is always tempting to hit snooze and spend a few more minutes under your comforter. But even if you manage to beat this temptation, you may still run late because of all the frost on your car.
Spending even a few minutes clearing out the windshield can seem like an eternity. But you have to defrost the automotive glass before even thinking of backing out.
Thankfully, there are several ways to protect your windshield during winters. Of course, if your windshield is already damaged, you should get it fixed before winter arrives (click here to schedule an appointment with A-List Auto Glass).
But even if you have a brand new windshield, follow these tips for protecting it during the frosty winters.
1. Stay ahead of the forecast
As they say, prevention is better than cure. So keep tabs on the weather and watch out for the extra chilly nights. This will help you plan ahead so that snowfall doesn’t take you by surprise in the morning.
2. Cover the glass
This one’s obvious. When you know it’s going to snow, the best bet is to cover your car or at least the windshield. It’s good if you can park under some shade. And if you park in a garage, all the better!
But if you have to park outdoors, consider investing in tarps to cover your windshields. These cost around $20.
If you want to get creative, you can even cut a cardboard box flat and place it over the glass, under the vipers. This seemingly simple solution can save you hours of scrapping during the winter.
And while you are at it, don’t forget to cover the side mirrors as well. Just get a couple of plastic bags, wrap the side mirrors, and secure them with rubber bands.
3. Use alcohol- or vinegar-based solutions
Pouring hot water on a frosted windshield is a quick fix, but don’t even think about it!
The quick change in temperature, from extreme cold to extremely hot, can cause the glass to crack and even shatter.
We strongly advise against pouring any kind of liquids on the glass. But if you are looking for a quick fix, we suggest that you soak a cloth with alcohol and vinegar and rub the ice away once you have scraped away the top layers.
4. Take your time
Finally, if you still find ice on your windshield, we suggest you take your time. When you are running late in the morning, it’s instinctive to turn the heat up to the max and then turn on the defrost button.
But as we discussed above, the rapid temperature change is detrimental to the integrity of your windshield. So when you turn on the heat in your car, give the glass time to warm up instead of switching on the defrosters.
In any case, never drive your car unless you have a completely unobstructed view. Not only is it dangerous for your windshield, but for others on the road as well.