During the cold, wintery months, many obstacles can stand in our way when it comes to driving, but one often overlooked problem for many motorists is windscreen wipers.
Whether it comes from a frozen car, black ice, flash floods, or even snow-covered roads, there are numerous potential driving hazards in winter. However, one thing that many don’t consider is frozen windscreen wipers.
When the conditions have been cold and icy, especially overnight, there’s a high chance your windscreen wipers will have frozen to your windscreen. Trying to pry your wiper blades can damage them permanently, leaving you with no wipers and the expense of replacing them.
Graham Conway, managing director at Select Car Leasing, has shared some tips on freezing wiper blades on a vehicle so you’re not out of pocket and can get to work on time.
“Firstly, de-icing screenwash is a great way to prevent a vehicle from freezing over. De-icer is used to remove ice and snow from your car’s windows. It’s a quick, easy, and safe way to melt ice from the windscreen, windows, and mirrors, ensuring all-round visibility without the risk of damaging glass, unlike with homemade solutions like hot water.
“There are various screenwashes available which contain de-icer inside the formula. This great preventative method will make your wiper blades less likely to stick to your windscreen if they freeze.”
Lift up Your Wipers at Night
“If you have no de-icer to hand, it’s worth lifting your windscreen wipers overnight so they’re away from the glass. This will mean that if the windscreen freezes overnight, the wiper blades won’t be stuck to the glass.
“However, this is only recommended if your car is left in a safe and secure area, as the outspread wipers may become a target for vandals who may pull the blade arms off.”
Covering the Windscreen
“One way to protect the wipers and the windscreen is to invest in a windscreen cover. This sheet of material, usually polythene or fabric, sits between your car windshield and wipers to offer protection in cold weather.
“Some windscreen covers use magnets. Others use tags to tie them to the A-pillars. They can cost anywhere from £10-£30, but the investment will mean you save a lot of money on de-icer, wiper blades or windscreen repairs.”
Turn off Automatic Wipers
“If your car has automatic wipers, turn them off before defrosting your windshield.
“As the ice thaws, the wipers will sweep across the screen, and any residual ice will damage the rubber on the wipers, meaning you’ll have to fork out for new ones.”
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