Defrosting your vehicle on a cold morning can sometimes be a time consuming task. With cold hands and a low temperature, your body is more likely to take a longer time to move around. Today Art of Gears will be sharing some tips and advice which should help you to defrost or de-ice your vehicle much faster and efficiently.
Start your engine
The first thing you should do is switch on your engine. Do not just drive off once your engine is started as it will need time to warm up and you still need to complete the rest of the cleaning process. Once you have started your engine, turn on the conditioning which will stop your vehicle from misting on the windows.
Also always make sure your wipers are switched off before you start the engine as most likely they will be stuck to the glass with any water that has turned to ice overnight. Failing to do this could damage your windshield wipers and the plastic on the wipers too.
Do not leave your car unattended
You never know when a car thief is lurking around the corner. They may be out of your sight but they may be looking at the golden opportunity for them to steal your vehicle. Always make sure that you are with your vehicle when waiting for it to defrost, as many people often walk inside to wait for the vehicle to de-ice or even go back inside to get a jug of water to pour on the windows.
If you do need a jug of water then do this before you come outside so you do not need to leave your vehicle unattended at any point which could result in your vehicle being stolen. If your vehicle is stolen then always ask your insurance company if you are insured for this incident as some insurances do not cover this as it was your responsibility to secure your vehicle and you failed to do this.
Moreover, if you will be using water to clear your windows then always sure the water is warm or slightly warm. Do not use hot or boiling kettle water as the water will have a high temperature and the windows will be freezing cold which could cause your windows to crack.
Clear the windows of any left over ice
Before you drive off to go on your way, check if your vehicle is cleared of all ice from the windows. Another place to double check is the front lights and rear lights to make sure the ice is also cleared from these places too. To clear any ice you could use a ice scraper which can cost anywhere from £5-£10 whilst your car is warming up inside. Also make sure you do not close both doors when your standing outside your vehicle as some vehicles can lock themselves and you’ll be stuck outside whilst your keys are in the ignition. Or if your car is ‘push to start’, carry the keys in your pocket so you do not leave it inside the car in case it locks itself.