Some preventative measures
It is winter, the season of snow covering the roads and ice covering your windshield. Do not worry though there are plenty of helpful tips to help you beat the winter. For many drivers waking up to ice on your windshield can be annoying and a time-consuming task. Some preventative measures include buying a tarp to cover your car and even cleaning out the garage and storing the car in there during the winter months.
There is ice on the windshield, now what?
If the preventative measures do not work out for you, there are more options. A simple way to start is to buy the right materials. De-icer spray can make removing the ice from your windshield easier. Quick tip though, when storing de-icer spray make sure to keep it at room temperature in the house. Storing the de-icer in your trunk will not help when the car is frozen and you cannot open the trunk. Also, using an ice scraper can be quite useful. Remember that it will be cold out so before you start scraping away at the ice, make sure to have gloves and a warm jacket, so that you do not freeze out there. Once you have all the materials, it can also help to start your engine. Starting your engine allows your car to heat up and that can help melt the ice. After you start your car, make sure to turn up the heat and the defrosters.
Let’s not cause more damage
When removing ice there are ways to make matters worse without meaning to. For example, turning on your windshield wipers. This could cause them to break because they could already be frozen to the windshield. Starting the engine and defrosting the windshield, should make it easier to unfreeze them from the windshield. Also, adding water is a bad idea, because it could just freeze up. Quick tip, make sure to not try dumping water, even hot water on your car to melt the ice. Doing this could cause the glass to crack from thermal shock. These safety tips can make sure your morning does become more stressful.
At first, when removing the ice it might be tempting to only remove what you think might block your view as a driver. Although, you should be removing as much ice as possible because the remaining ice on your car can quickly come off and be hazardous to other drivers who are driving as well. Also, make sure to not only get the windshield but also remember the rearview window and the other windows as well. Try not to leave yourself with any extra blind spots, so you do not run into trouble while driving. All of these tips can help prevent accidents that could cost you more than just your morning commute in the long run.
Cracking or damaging the windshield
Always make sure to be careful when you are removing ice from your windshield. After you remove the ice, you get in your car and you notice a chip. A chip on the windshield can be caused by rocks, dirt, or other small materials hitting your windshield while driving. Now that you have noticed the crack the next step is to call a professional. There are also some steps that you can take as well after the call. First covering the damaged area with clear packing tape to prevent debris from gathering up. Either packing tape that is easy to see through or clear, also do not use a lot. Using too much could impact your line of sight for driving. Another step is to refrain from washing your car until the problem is fixed and avoid putting any kind of pressure on the windshield that could further the crack. In the winter or fall, months cracks are not something to wait on. Chips that may seem tiny can become huge cracks when there is a temperature change.
Cracks can be avoided and prevented too
Just like the ice removal, there are some preventative measures you can take to avoid having a chip on your windshield. Driving safely and minding your speed is a good start. When you are speeding the impact of a rock or other debris can be increased. Also, if you already have a crack, driving slow and avoiding potholes can help prevent a bigger crack from forming. These helpful and simple tips are great, but remember not all chips on the windshield can be prevented.