Avoid Putting Cracks In Your Windshield While Removing Ice This Winter

Posted on: 8 February 2016

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Many people damage their car's windshields in the winter by using improper defrosting and de-icing techniques. Knowing how to properly remove ice and frost from your car's windshield can prevent you from doing damage to your windshield.

Proper Defrosting Techniques

Extreme temperature changes and rough treatment can cause your windshield to crack. When getting the frost off of your car's windshield, remember what not to do:

  • Never pour warm or hot water on the glass. Pouring warm water on your windshield may sound like a convenient shortcut for removing ice from your windshield, but wild temperature changes can cause your car's windshield to crack.
  • Never put intense pressure on the windshield with the scraper. Driving a scraper into your car's windshield could cause a crack in the glass. Use scrapers only when there is a light, easy to remove layer of frost on the glass. Never try to remove a thick layer of ice with a scraper.

As you're thinking about what not to do, remember these best practices for removing the ice and frost from your windshield:

  • Use a cover whenever possible. Placing a protective cover on your windshield at night will protect your windshield from frost. When you come out of your house in the morning, simply remove the cover.
  • Warm up your windshield gradually. If you don't have a cover, turn on your car several minutes before it's time to leave and run the heater and defroster on high. Allow the heat from the cab of the vehicle to melt the ice on the windshield.
  • Use defrosting chemical spray. Spraying your windshield in the evening with defrosting chemical spray will allow you to wipe off the frost easily in the morning.

What To Do If Your Windshield Cracks

If you do get a crack in your windshield, it's important to get auto glass repair as quickly as possible. Until you can take your car into the shop, you can help stop the crack from spreading by covering it with scotch tape and covering your windshield with the protective cover every time you turn off the car. Doing this can help stop water from entering the crack. This is important because the water can penetrate the crack and cause it to expand when it freezes.

For more information about how you can protect your car's windshield this winter, speak with a customer service representative from your auto glass repair company. Companies like Solarteck Auto Glass Car & truck accessories may be able to meet your needs in this area.