If you're an early morning commuter in Austin, you may have experienced ice on your windshield as you're getting ready to take off and start your day. In central Texas we don't have typical winter weather such as snow, so most drivers don't keep an ice scraper in their cars or trucks. Defrosting your windshield can add on minutes that will make you late for work. Learn how to quickly defrost your windshield on cold winter mornings as you prepare for your commute to work or school.
You can buy a commercial de-icer from the store or make your own. It's much easier than you might think to make your own solution. Auto shops in the Austin area might not carry de-icer fluid because we don't live where the winters are extremely cold. To make your own solution, you'll need a clean spray bottle, room temperature water and rubbing alcohol. Simply mix three parts rubbing alcohol with one part water.
If you don't have rubbing alcohol at home, try vinegar. You can spray the vinegar or alcohol solution on your windshield and wiper blades at night so that defrosting is easier in the morning.
You can also prevent frozen wipers with socks! Yes, you read that right. Cover each wiper blade with a long tube sock and lift the blade off of the windshield to prevent freezing.
When you don't have a plastic scraper handy, you can use a credit card. Use this method as a last-resort for those times when your windshield may have frozen while you were at work or when you don' have a scraper or de-icer solution. First, turn on your vehicle's defroster to start melting the ice. Leave the defroster on and gently scrape the ice away as the ice melts. Hold the card at an angle against the windshield and push firmly. Don't use your most valuable credit card, try to find one that is expired or can be easily replaced. This way of defrosting the windshield can cause damage to your credit card.
Another great way to prevent ice is by covering your windows at night. Covering the windows can prevent ice from forming on the windshield. You can use materials you have at home such as a folded sheet, a towel, or a piece of cardboard. Arrange the cover as tight as possible to the windshield so that morning dew can't form on the window and create ice. While this may not totally prevent ice, it will certainly help. You may have to scrape off a few ice spots or spray on some of your homemade de-icer solution.
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