For Canadian car owners, cold weather vehicle problems are a very common obstacle whenever the winter season comes around. You probably find yourself chipping away at the ice on your windshield every morning you have to use your car. When removing ice and snow, you must keep in mind the proper way to do it. The stress that is added by the freezing temperatures can lead to more problems, if you’re not careful. Your Kelowna auto glass experts would like to share with you a few time-tested tips to remove windshield ice and snow.
Prevention is the best cure
During cold winter months, pay attention to weather reports, and be in-the-know about overnight weather conditions. You might want to get up early and take action to protect your windshield, when there is going to be freezing temperatures, as well as snow or sleet.
You might also try to do the following:
● Park the car in a garage or other enclosed area.
● Place a windshield cover on your windshield.
● Cover your car with tarp or other large sheet.
Hopefully, with these steps, come morning your windshield won’t have any ice on it for you to have to remove, at all. In case ice still finds its way there, keep in mind the following tips:
Use alcohol instead of a de-icing product. De-icers can be expensive, so why drop your money on a pricey bottle, when rubbing alcohol can do just fine? Just fill a spray bottle with 50 percent alcohol and 50 percent water, and voila! …instant windshield de-icer. You can also add a few drops of dishwashing soap into the mix for a more potent product.
If your windshield has a defroster setting, start the vehicle, and use the defroster to de-ice the glass. You have to give the defroster time to warm up before the ice starts melting, so don’t be impatient. It usually takes at least five minutes for the glass to warm up.
It is important to make sure that your windshield, along with the rest of your car, is free of ice before driving. The tips listed above should help keep your windshield clear this winter. In case of problems, be sure to get your windshield repaired by a Kelowna windshield repair specialist such as Enterprise Glass Ltd. (an ICBC Express Glass Shop) to ensure your safety.
(Keeping Your Windshield Free of Snow and Ice, ThriftyFun.com)
(7 Tips For Dealing With Winter Weather Conditions, TheSimpleDollar.com)