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Defrost Your Windscreen Faster This Winter With Weird Kitchen Items

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As winter fast approaches in the UK, motorists are offered expert advice on clearing their windscreen and avoiding fines and possible penalty points on their licence.

The motoring experts at LeaseCar.uk have provided their top tips for effectively clearing windows and windscreens on a cold morning. And the humble onion could help – by acting similarly to vinegar – to remove windows.

With the temperature across the UK likely to drop below zero over the coming weeks and months, frosty windscreens will become a common occurrence for drivers.

A spokesperson for LeaseCar.uk said: “Trying to scrape the windscreen of a vehicle on a cold and frosty morning can be a huge inconvenience, especially before setting off to work or school.

“Every year, it is almost guaranteed that drivers will use their credit card or an old CD to clear the snow from their cars, but this can cause lasting damage to a vehicle.

“Making sure the windscreen is covered with a tarp or some sort of sheet can help to ease the ice build-up. And there are several homemade solutions that can be made that act as a great alternative to de-icer.”

Frost and ice build-up is caused when water vapour in the air is cooled, and because windscreens and windows are made of glass, they tend to freeze over much more quickly than any other parts of vehicles. This is because a glass window releases heat faster than plastic or metal.

The Highway Code clearly states that windows and windscreens must be kept clean and free of obstructions to vision – breaking this rule could result in a fine and points on your licence.

As a result, British motorists are encouraged to utilise windshield covers and garages where possible and to be resourceful and use home products to create a DIY de-icer.

Here are LeaseCar.uk top 12 tips for keeping your windscreen clear in winter:

Watch Out for DIY Scrapers

When rushing to work in the morning, it’s easy to reach for the nearest flat object – like a bank card or CD – to scrape the ice off, but using anything other than a car ice scraper could lead to a severely scratched windscreen. Keep a made-for-purpose ice scraper on hand and use short, powerful strokes to chip the ice away.

Salt Water Solution

This will dissolve the ice with a chemical reaction rather than melting it with heat. The ions in salt also lower the freezing point of water, making it difficult for it to refreeze. Apply the solution sparingly, as a heavy application could damage the glass.

Vinegar Solution

If you spray an iced windshield with a mixture of water and vinegar, while the mixture will not melt ice, it can help prevent ice from forming in the first place if you spray your windshield with it the night before.

Rub an Onion

Onions have a similar effect on windscreens as vinegar does. If nothing but this root vegetable is left in the house, then rub generously on the windows and windshield the night before, which should keep Jack Frost at bay.

Let the Car Warm Up

If your car has a ‘defrost’ setting on the temperature gauge, switch it on. The glass could take around fifteen minutes to warm inside and melt the ice on your windscreen. It’s essential to avoid leaving a vehicle to defrost whilst the engine is idling. This can incur a £20 fine – up to £80 in London.

Clear Properly

Not only does a small peephole through the ice make driving challenging, but it can also get motorists into a lot of trouble. Make sure to clear the whole windscreen and the car’s mirrors before setting off on a journey. If not, drivers could risk getting a £60 fine or a possible three penalty points.

Avoid Boiling Water

Although this may seem like the quickest method to clear a windscreen in a rush, it can cause the glass to crack due to thermal shock because of the sudden temperature change. Leave 10-15 minutes before setting out to allow the car to defrost instead of damaging the vehicle in a mad panic.

Keep a Bottle of De-icer

Although there are many great homemade alternatives, nothing beats the real deal’s convenience. They’re available from most petrol stations and can reduce stress on a cold morning.

Don’t Forget the Exhaust

A lot of attention can be given to clearing the windscreen, which can leave other essential parts of the car neglected in the cold. Whilst the car is heating up, ensure the exhaust isn’t black with snow or ice; otherwise, this could lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.

Try Industrial Lubricant

This isn’t the best thing to use for the windscreen and windows of the car, but it is excellent for use on the number plate. Spray a small amount on the plate’s surface, which will help prevent ice from sticking to it. If a number plate isn’t visible, it can leave drivers in hot water.

Utilise Cover

Keeping the car in a garage overnight can prevent frost from building up on the windscreen. Motorists without access to a garage or storage unit can use a tarp, newspapers, or an old bedsheet to prevent the build-up of frost on the windscreen.

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