How To De-Ice Your Car In Double Quick Time

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As we move into deepest winter, Jack Frost can be pretty much guaranteed to come and paint our cars in ice every night. Having to defrost a car every morning can easily delay the start of our day by 10 or 20 minutes. Here’s how to speed up the whole process.

As we move into deepest winter, Jack Frost can be pretty much guaranteed to come and paint our cars in ice every night. Having to defrost a car every morning can easily delay the start of our day by 10 or 20 minutes. Here’s how to speed up the whole process.

Get a Car Cover

The next best thing to actually keeping your car undercover overnight in a garage, is to bring the cover to the car. It will only take a couple of minutes to wrap your car up in a cover for the night so that everything, from its wheels to its roof, is completely concealed. When you come down each morning and see all your neighbours de-icing their cars, you will be glad of your protective cover that means that you can simply drive off. Just make sure that you get the right size and shape cover for your particular car. If it’s too big it could easily blow away.

Cover the Windscreen Overnight

If you don’t want to cover the whole car up every night, place a windscreen shield across the front and back windscreens each evening to stop frost from building up on them. These are normally secured with magnets or suction cups. Remove them in the morning and you should find that the two most important and difficult to clear areas of the car will be free from ice. Just make sure that the covers that you choose fit your car windscreens perfectly and look for ones that double up as a sunshade, so that you can use them to keep the car cool in the heat of the summer too.

Get Spraying

Use a de-icing spray on any remaining exposed areas. Spray the de-icer liberally over all the frozen windows and the wing mirrors. As it begins to melt, it should easily wipe off with a de-icing tool.

Get the Right Tools for the Job

Don’t attempt to scrape the ice off the car with a credit card or similar makeshift tool. It will take ages and you are likely to scratch the glasswork. Use a dedicated car window ice scraper. If you want to really speed things up, you could get a heated ice scraper that will power through that ice. Or, if you’re more focused on keeping your hands warm, look for ice scrapers that double up as mittens too. Keep a brush in the boot as well, so that on a snowy day you can use it to brush the snow from your vehicle, before tackling the ice.