Dealing with winter weather can be a real pain in the “you-know-what”, especially when you’ve got to get to work or school in the morning. I’m not a big fan of showing up late, and I’m sure you aren’t either, but waking up to a car covered in snow or ice can really put me behind schedule. How do you deal with a frosted or ice-covered windshield?
If you have a garage or some other covered parking, the easiest solution to dealing with sinter weather would be to pull your vehicle in. Presto! No need to worry about frost or ice on the windshield. Just jump in the vehicle and go.
But I Don’t Have a Garage…
The other morning I woke up at my usual time and went through my normal routine, but when I went out to the car, it was completely encased in ice. So what did I do? I cranked up the defrosters, whipped out my trusty ice scraper and started “going to town” on the windshield. Ten minutes later, the neighbor lady came out, sprayed some homemade mystery solution on her windows and had her entire car done in less than five minutes.
Don’t you just hate it when someone else comes up with a great idea! Thankfully my neighbor came over and sprayed some of her mystery solution (vinegar and water) on my windows too and I was quickly on my way to work. That got me thinking about what other tricks people have come up with to deal with winter weather.
The following is a list of solutions I heard from various folks around the neighborhood and in the shop:
Warm Water– Be careful not to crack the glass if you use this one.
The Salty Towel- I couldn’t find any support online for this idea, but apparently you can soak a towel in salt water and lay it on the windshield overnight. This idea sounded a bit over the top, and I really don’t think leaving salt water on your car is good for it, but to each their own.
Tarp It– Follow the link for instructions…if you need them.
Heated Ice Scrapers– There are plenty of varieties.
Commercial De-Icer- You can get this at any Car Quest, Auto Zone or NAPA Auto Parts.
Whatever method you use, the guys at Axleboy encourage drivers everywhere to make sure they have a clear view of the road ahead and on either side before they pull out of the driveway this winter.