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How Do You Get Snow and Ice Off Your Vehicle Windshield?

By Product Expert | Posted in How to, Tips & Tricks on Wednesday, December 18th, 2019 at 5:46 pm
close up of hand using blue handled ice scraper on iced windshield

One of the biggest problems for drivers in winter is ice. Whether it’s on the road or on the car itself, it is an unwelcome part of cold weather. If you’ve experienced an icy windshield, you know it’s one of the most inconvenient and uncomfortable things to deal with, especially when you have somewhere to be. Below are some ways to deal with ice on your windows, but the most effective ways involve at least a little preparation first. 

Ice Scrapers 

young man scraping ice off a windshield picture shot from inside vehicle
a man walking down a snowy road in the city near snow covered cars

Ice scrapers are the most direct way to deal with ice, but not the best in every situation. If you get ice during the winter, you should keep an ice scraper in your car, at least from late fall into spring. Use the plastic blade of an ice scraper to gradually chip away at ice buildup. Some scrapers have plastic ridges on the reverse of the blades that are meant to cut lines into the ice so scraping off the rest is a little easier. 


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Deicer Sprays 

If you can’t stay out in the cold with a scraper, you should have a bottle of deicer spray ready and stored indoors. In extreme cold, even deicing spray can freeze, so don’t store it in your car. Deicer spray can either be store-bought or home-made. If you make your own deicer spray, don’t use salt-based sprays too heavily, or it may damage your car. Alcohol-based sprays may be more effective since you can spray more on with fewer worries.  

Defrost Mode 

Most cars have a defrost option on the temperature controls. Whether you are using the ice scraper or deicer spray method, you will probably find more success by starting the car first, then turning on defrost. Turning the fan speed up to high will help, but not until the engine has started to produce enough heat to melt the ice. As a last resort, using defrost mode alone will eventually heat up your windows, but that may take a long time. 

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white car driving away from shot in snow with sun light effect

Preparing a Car for Winter 

The best way to fight ice is with preparation. If you pick up a used car from Randy Marion Automotive, remember to pick up an ice scraper and some deicer spray before it gets too cold out, so you never end up late because of an overnight freeze. Contact Randy Marion Automotive for all your new and used car needs!

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