Getting ice off the car is usually an easy task but some days it seems impossible to get your windows cleared of ice and snow. This article will give you some tips for preparing and dealing with the elements.
Things You'll Need:
A little extra time to get where you're going
A sturdy scraper
Be prepared and start early. You don't want to be slowed down trying to look for your stuff so try to keep a good plastic scraper and an extra pair of gloves in your glove compartment. Giving yourself at least a 10 or 15 minute head-start will also help you get to work and school on time.
Use an appropriate scraping tool. You can find cheap scrapers for only a few dollars or you can invest in something more expensive but the most important thing is that it a plastic tool for scraping ice and snow. Too often, people damage their cars using the wrong thing. Remember that metal objects like screwdrivers can scratch your car and water(both hot and cold) can crack your glass.
Start by warming up your car. Turn on the defrost and let your car do some of the work. The windshield will defrost starting at the bottom, so the ice there will be the weakest. Use the corner of your scraper to press lines and cracks into the ice at the bottom of your windshield. Once you break it up a bit, you can use the smooth flat side to push the broken pieces away. At this point, the ice at the top of the windshield may start to weaken. This is because the ice at the top is at an incline and was sort of "sitting" on top of the ice on the bottom that you've just removed. Sometimes, the ice at the top will actually start to slip down because of it's weight. Keep chipping away from the bottom up and you'll be done in no time!
Make sure you can see in all directions. It will be frustrating for you if you can only see out of a little peep hole in your windshield. It's also really dangerous and irresponsible to be on the road this way. Clear the ice from all sides so that you can see in all directions. Remember, you're not the only one on the road that had to dig out of the ice today. Don't expect other drivers to just move out of your way when you change lanes and can't see. They may not be able to see you either! Starting early, having the right tool, and letting your car warm first will help you clear your windows and be safe on the roads.