The shortest day may have been and gone, bringing us the dim light of spring at the end of the long and wintry tunnel, but there is still a long way to go to get through the winter – including the hazardous weather. On the coldest nights there’s every chance that your car will frost over in the low temperatures, meaning an extra ten minutes out of your cosy bed on the morning to try to get it sorted before the drive to work. Here’s what you can do in order to get a precious few more minutes with that snooze button on your alarm clock!

Switch on your car’s engine and turn up the demister to full as early as you can – you might risk being late for an appointment but if your windscreen isn’t properly clear of frost and other obstructions, you’ll be driving dangerously – and liable for a hefty fine. You should also turn up the car’s air conditioning as warm as it can go – this will increase the temperature in the car and thusly the windscreen temperature, which will melt the ice and frost sooner.

For clearing the windscreen, using a proper ice scraper as opposed to something else you may find in the dashboard is recommended. An old CD or credit card is likely to damage the windscreen, as well as the object itself that you use. Spraying the windscreen with de-icing fluid will hurry up the process; or if you don’t have any, a half-and-half mix of water and vinegar should also do the trick.

DO NOT pour boiling or very hot water on the windshield; the sudden change in conditions will weaken and perhaps shatter the screen. You should also avoid using the windscreen wipers until much of the initial obstructions are cleared; if the surface of the screen itself is frozen, the rubber on the wipers could be stuck there too – and turning them on could break them.

Following these simple steps should ensure that your way is clear for the morning journey – now you can sleep in even later!

Dermot Kelleher


December 27, 2012

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