A recent TikTok video went viral showing a person using boiling water in a bag to defrost a windscreen. While this may seem like a quick hack, it can prove to be dangerous and may lead to cracking of the windscreen.
So before you make that essential trip to stock up on some groceries, here are some helpful tips to safely defrost your windscreen:
- Before starting your vehicle make sure your wipers are turned off, as they may be stuck to the windscreen
- Start up the engine and use the interior heater blower to warm up the windscreen from inside, it will help to slowly but safely defrost the windscreen. If you have them, also turn on the rear window heater and heated mirrors to help defrost the rear window and mirrors.
- Clear any snow off your car with a soft brush, then use an ice scraper and de-icer to remove the frost from the windscreen and windows on the outside as the heater warms up the windows from the inside.
- Wait until all the frost and mist has cleared before setting off.
- Avoid using any sharp objects such as credit cards to remove the frost which could cause damage to the glass. Always keep a dedicated car ice scraper to de-ice! Do NOT use hot or boiling water to defrost your windscreen or windows, it could crack the glass!
- If you know you’re going to use the car the next day on a cold night, cover the windscreen with a dedicated windscreen frost protector.
- Do not leave your car running unattended to keep your car safe from thieves.
If you have any concern that there may be something wrong with your car, then our in-house mechanic team can help. Submit our technical assistance form with a brief description of the problem and your details.