The best methods to clear a frozen windscreen

The best methods to clear a frozen windscreen

The best methods to clear a frozen windscreen

For all of us living in Canterbury, the winter months can bring cold, frosty starts to the day. For those of us parking our vehicles outside, there comes the frustration of finding our windscreens covered with a layer of ice in the morning.

While the day that follows a frosty morning tends to be glorious, there is the rather inglorious task of scraping off the ice. This takes time and effort, especially if you are in a hurry to get to work or school and have forgotten to add an ‘ice-scraping buffer’ into your schedule.


Here are some tips that can help you clear a frozen windscreen quickly and safely:

1 Use a de-icer spray. This is a product that you can buy at most auto shops, online, or hardware stores. It is designed to melt the ice on your windscreen in seconds. Simply spray it on the ice and wait for it to work its magic. Then, use a scraper or a soft cloth to wipe off the residue. Make sure you follow the instructions on the label and avoid spraying it on your paintwork or rubber seals, as it may damage them.
2Use warm water. Another option is to use warm water to thaw the ice on your windscreen. Fill a jug or a spray bottle with warm water (not boiling, as this may crack your glass) and pour or spray it over the ice. The ice should melt instantly. Again you can use a scraper or a cloth to remove any remaining bits. Make sure you're careful not to spill the water on yourself or inside your car, as it may damage your electronics.
3Use your car's heater. If you have some time to spare, you can use your car's heater to warm up the windscreen from the inside. Start your engine and turn on the heater and the defroster at full blast. Wait for a few minutes until the ice starts to loosen, then use a scraper, or a cloth, or even the window wipers to clear it off. This does take longer than the other methods.
4Prevent ice from forming. The best way to deal with a frozen windscreen is to prevent it from happening in the first place. You can do this by covering your windscreen with a tarp, a towel, or a specially designed cover at night. This will prevent frost from forming on your glass and save you time and hassle in the morning. Alternatively, you can park your car in a garage or under a shelter if possible.

We hope these tips will help you clear your frozen windscreen quickly and safely. Remember to always check your visibility before driving and drive carefully in icy conditions. Stay safe and warm this winter!

The team at Fast Autoglass wish you happy and safe driving.