When you get in your car to go to work on winter mornings, you’ll probably notice a thin layer of ice and fog over your windshield. You should remove this completely so you can have full visibility on the road; however, some clearing methods can potentially damage your auto glass. Here’s what you need to know to drive safely throughout the winter.
3 Tips to Safely Clear Your Windshield
1. Heat Your Car Gradually
Large temperature swings can cause your auto glass to expand and contract too quickly. This can lead to cracks or damage, especially if there’s already a small chip in your windshield that you may not have noticed.
Allow your car’s heater to warm up for a few minutes before putting it on full blast, and use the defrost feature to start clearing the ice from your windshield.
2. Use a De-Icing Spray
Spraying your windshield with a mixture of isopropyl alcohol and water can melt ice right away since the alcohol has a much lower freezing point than water. You can either buy this solution in stores or put equal parts alcohol and water into a spray bottle. Make sure you clean and wax your car regularly to protect the paint.
3. Scrape Ice Carefully
Using an ice scraper can help you physically remove extra buildup on your windshield if the defroster isn’t working quickly enough. Be careful not to scrape too hard, since the sharp edge can damage the glass.
You can also use your car’s windshield wipers to speed the process along. However, make sure your clear away any sharp pieces of ice first to prevent scratching the windshield.
If you need new a new windshield due to winter damage, contact the professionals at Rochester Auto Glass & Mirror Co. Serving drivers throughout Monroe County, NY, the full-service glass company offers replacement services for both automotive and residential glass and mirrors. The licensed and insured team is known for providing fast and reliable service. They also offer same-day service for emergencies. Visit the company’s website for more information about their auto glass services. To request a free estimate, call (585) 454-1850.