Tacoma isn’t the chilliest region, though it does get cold enough to cause the windows to frost. You need to defrost car windows before your morning commute. Failing to do so reduces visibility and is a major safety hazard. We’ll go over some easy ways to clear your windshield of morning ice.
1. Pour Warm Water on the Glass
This is an easy-to-do hack; pour warm water over the windshield. The trick is to use warm but NOT boiling water. The latter can cause the window to crack due to the extreme and sudden temperature change. Warm water melts the ice just enough for you to scrape away using a scraper or a credit card.
Our auto service suggests a more effective hack. Instead of using plain warm water, use a mixture of one-third water and two-thirds rubbing alcohol.
2. Idle the Engine
When you turn the ignition, let the engine run for about two minutes. While running the engine, switch on the defroster. This defrosts the windows on the sides and rear, which drivers tend to overlook. You should also roll down the windows by about one-inch. This lets in some dry outdoor air, which infuses with the warmer humid interior air and speeds up the defrosting process.
3. Prevention Measures
Prevention is the best remedy for preventing frost. If you park outdoors, then cover the windshield with a piece of cardboard. This shields the glass from moisture that leads to frost once the temperature starts to drop. Alternatively, you can cover the windows with a towel.
Defrost Car Windows to Stay Safe on the Road
Winter is a good time of year to address auto repairs. This is the season when hidden issues tend to arise. Bring your vehicle to Jones Automotive Clinic; we diagnose all car types, especially Subaru and Toyota models. Defrosting your car windows is vital for optimum road visibility.
Winter Vehicle Maintenance
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