Now that the cold mornings are here and our morning is now a little bit longer, as drivers across the UK are having to make extra time to defrost & defog their cars. We’ve created this guide with handy tips and tricks, that can help you get on your way that little bit quicker.
Step 1: Be Prepared
Prevention is a great way to combat frost on the windscreen. You can cover your windscreen with cardboard, a towel or buy a screen cover that is made to protect your windscreen from the element (for example, you could purchase one like this here). It’s also a good idea to have de-icers at hand. You can pick up these spray bottles from your local supermarket, garage or purchase them online. You can also make your own mixture at home with 1/3 water and 2/3 rubbing alcohol, place it in a spray bottle. So, what’s the science behind rubbing alcohol? Well, rubbing alcohol has a lower freezing point (138 degrees below freezing). This means the solution will not freeze, giving you ample time for the liquid to help defrost the car and cut down your car scraping time.
Step 2: Get the car started
As hot air can hold more moisture, it is good to start off with putting your heating on and turn it up full.
Press you A/C button! This helps with drying the air in your car faster.
Turn off Air Recirculations! When you turn this off, it let air from outside the car enter. Winter Air isn’t as humid which helps with clearing the fog in the car. It may also help to let air in through the windows.
Step 3: Defrosting Your Car
After you have completed the steps in Step 2, now is a good time to get out of your car and get scraping. You’ll also have the opportunity to use your de-icer or homemade solution that was mentioned in Step 1. There may be occasions that you may not need to use the solution as the heat from the inside of the car has melted the frost. Under no circumstances use hot water on car windows, as this can cause cracks to form in the window.
Step 4: Car Safety
Never leave your car unattended when the engine is running. According to the AA, frosty mornings are a Christmas gift to car thieves. Insurance companies will not be cooperative if your car is stolen in this fashion. Not only is it a theft risk, but you could also be at risk of your car overheating.
There you go, you should now be able to drive away safely and being able to see the road ahead clearly.
Remember, if visibility decreases due to fogging pull over safely and let your car defog before continuing with your drive.
Have a safe drive!