Five Wacky Tips To De-Ice Your Windscreen

Mon 21st Nov 2022

As temperatures drop, motorists are preparing to spend more time in the morning clearing ice, frost, and potentially snow from their vehicles. Defrosting a vehicle windscreen in the freezing cold is an unwanted and time-consuming task, so experts have suggested some alternative methods to do so.

  1. Where To Park?

Having the right parking spot can take one less task off a driver's mind on a cold morning.

A driver can benefit from the sun rising in the east because it can melt away the ice on their windscreen, allowing them to remain in bed a little longer.

How early they leave the house and how much sunlight they get will determine how much ice they have to deal with.

  1. Vinegar

The car can be prevented from frosting by spraying a mixture of water and vinegar on it the night before.

Because vinegar has a much lower freezing point than water, it can be used to de-ice. Vinegar is therefore unlikely to freeze over water.

  1. Bed Sheet

In case drivers are forced to park outside overnight, they might make use of an old or spare bed sheet to help them.
A bed sheet might not be a great look, but it is an economical and efficient method of preventing ice build-up. Secure a bed sheet or large piece of cardboard over the windscreen and use the wipers to hold it in place throughout the night.

Don’t forget to take the bed sheet off though, driving with limited vision during icy weather conditions is not only dangerous but can also result in drivers being fined £100 and receiving three points on their licence.

  1. Sandwich Bag

How many of us are tempted to simply pour a boiling kettle of water on your freezing windscreen? It sounds like a quick trick but can actually crack your glass.

A spokesman for Lotus Car said: “It may sound obvious but it’s always worth mentioning that you should never pour boiling hot water onto your windscreen. While one in five of us have admitted to doing this, even pouring lukewarm water can cause car windows to crack, especially if they are already chipped. 

“Instead, pour some warm water in a ziplock bag and then rub the bag over your windscreen. This hack went viral on TikTok last winter because it takes the ice off in seconds.”

  1. Onion

They might make us cry, but those chemicals in an onion have a positive use. Drivers can try a potato if they don’t have an onion in their cupboard, as they have an effect similar to vinegar.

These vegetables can work to break down frost as soon as it forms on the window, thanks to the sugar molecules.

The next morning, rub an onion or potato all over the windows and windscreen to keep the frost away.