Safely Defrost Windshields with Tips from Glass Doctor®

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Glass Doctor offers tips to correctly clearing windshields.

The cold winter mornings bring an added task to a morning to-do list; clearing off and defrosting vehicle windshields. Before driving after a snow storm drivers should make sure that their view is not obstructed by snow or ice. Glass Doctor offers tips to correctly clear off vehicle windshields.

Here are some things to avoid when de-icing vehicle windshields:

  • Never pour hot water on a vehicle’s windshield because the extreme temperature change could potentially shatter the windshield.
  • Avoid using any metal objects such as keys, spatulas or metal scrappers on windshields. The metal can scratch the windshield permanently obstructing the drivers view.
  • The use of propane torches or any open flame should never be used to defrost a windshield. Using these may unintentionally melt the vehicle’s windshield.
  • Tapping the ice with a hammer to remove it should be avoided. Never strike a windshield with any type of blunt object. Allow the ice to melt and remove any remnants with a scrapper.

When de-icing vehicle windshields follow these steps to safely remove ice and snow from the vehicle’s windshield:

  • Be prepared to handle the snow and ice by having an ice scraper in the vehicle. For people who live in an area frequented by heavy snow and ice it is best to get an ice scraper that has a brush.
  • Start vehicles and turn on the defrost before beginning to remove the snow and ice from the windshield.
  • Once the vehicle has been running for about five minutes, remove the snow and ice from the windshield.
  • When removing ice from windshields using homemade solutions, be sure not to mix chemicals that may damage the windshield. One common mixture is rubbing alcohol and water.

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