The winter months can be little short of a nightmare for motorists. Not only can it mean cold mornings spent trying to start a stubborn engine into getting motivated, but it can also mean problems for doors, brakes, internal heating systems and the like. Most of all, it can be a particular bugbear for the windscreen. Gone are the clear, sunny days of being able to see the road without a hitch – if you’ve owned or driven a car during winter, it’s highly likely you’ve armed yourself with a scraper and a can of de-icer to get a rug of ice off the front of your windshield. However, while there are more efficient ways to defrost your car’s windscreen, what if you could avoid defrosting altogether, and work on a prevention as opposed to a cure?
Luckily, there are a few things you can try to prevent your windscreen from getting too bogged down in the winter freeze before it’s due to hit. While you may not know exactly when a flurry of ice or snow is likely to breeze along, being prepared is always half of the battle, at the very least. So where do you start?
Keep it Clean
Believe it or not, soaping up will protect your windscreen more than giving it just a good scrub. Washing up liquid in particular may be great at cleaning even the most stubborn stains from nature and birds alike, but it also helps provide a protective film across the windscreen, making weather less likely to stick around should it come down on your beloved motor by the next morning.
While this may sound rather like a chemistry experiment you’d see in a secondary school classroom, mixing ethanol (pure alcohol) or vinegar with water will produce a potent and effective elixir against the threat of windscreen freezes. Simply mix 250ml of each in a spray bottle and use on your windshield overnight and you’ll likely find your vehicle’s front screen free from winter debris the day after.
While this may seem a little like a no-brainer, you can easily purchase plastic covering for your windscreen at a relatively affordable price. This is especially worth doing if you need to leave your car or van out overnight regularly, and if you experience enough stress with trying to get the ignition started on a winter morning! Plastic coverage will come in standard sizing and really is a viable option for guaranteed frost-free driving.
And if all else fails…
Use your garage if you have one! If you don’t need to leave your vehicle out on the driveway during cold weather, don’t – for a few minutes spent removing your car or van from a lock-up garage you’ll be shaving considerable time where you could be elbow-deep in frost scrapings. If you use a garage for storage, now may be the time for some early spring cleaning – get it all moved out, and get your vehicle nice and warm to be ahead of your fellow motorists this cold season!