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Tips & Tricks For de-ice Your Car Windscreen When there’s Frost Outside, Without Breaking The Law .

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IN the words of countless Game of Thrones characters: “winter is coming” – and with it it comes plunging temperatures and frosty mornings.

But it’s less winter wonderland and more deep freeze nightmare as drivers have to brave the sub-zero temperatures to de-ice their cars in the morning before heading off to work. But what’s the best way to get it done and how can you make sure you’re not breaking the law?

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What’s the best way to de-ice your windscreen?

While many people opt for classic methods like boiling water or scraping with a credit card to be free of the frost, we regret to tell you that both of those car cause damage to your vehicle.

There are ways to remove frost from your screen without damaging your car or forking out on an expensive de-icing solution.

Mix up a solution of water with a teaspoon of salt, before pouring it over any affected areas.

Muddling together three parts of vinegar to one part of water will also do the trick.

This clever trick will work in a matter of seconds with no damage to your motor.

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What to avoid when de-icing your windscreen

It is not advisable to pour boiling water on to your car windows when the temperatures outside are cold.

The sudden warmth hitting your windscreen could lead to the glass cracking.

Never use anything other than a car-specific scraper to remove the frost from your car.

Scratching off the ice with a credit card or sharp object can cause your items to snap or your screen to become scratched.

Also be careful NEVER to leave your car unattended with the motor running while you go in and grab something to help you remove the ice.

Aside from being an opportunist thief’s dream, it’s also against the law as drivers have to be “in control” of their vehicle at all times.

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How to prevent your windscreen frosting overnight

Stop the winter pre-commute stress with this simple tip.

Soak an old towel in a solution made up of water and table salt and then place it over your car windows the night before.

As salt lowers the freezing point of water, moisture is prevented from frosting over on your screen.

You can also make a frost-fighting solution by mixing one part of water to two parts of alcohol.

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Prevention is better than cure – you can put a soaked towel or a cover over the window to prevent it from icing up

Why does frost form on cars?

Just like when condensation fogs up vehicle windows, the temperature outside doesn’t have to drop below freezing for your windscreen to frost over.

When you switch off your car engine, the temperature inside the car drops.

Just as the ground temperature can be colder than the air above it, the glass

surface of a car tends to get cooler quicker.

 

Source : The Sun 

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