As if driving during winter is not enough of a challenge, dealing with snow and ice to avoid blocking your view of the road presents itself as another obstacle. Before we can safely move along, we have to sweep off snow or scrape off ice from our windshield. Existing windshield cracks can make the job harder, as pressure on the glass can cause cracks to widen. This is why we need to learn how to remove ice on our windshield without scraping. If you are still scraping ice off your windshield and find large cracks, Speers Auto Glass has expert windshield replacement services in Hamilton. These pro tips will teach you how to avoid future windshield damage by removing ice without scraping.
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Ways to remove ice without scraping
Use a Remote Start System
New and modern cars come with a remote start system. By pressing a button, you can start your car even before you are inside.This will warm up your car while you are getting ready to leave. As your car warms from the inside, the snow and ice accumulated on the windshield will melt from the heat. To finish, you can use your car’s windshield wipers or a snow brush you have ready to remove the last remaining bits of ice or snow. If your car does not come with this feature, you can have one installed. An alternative is rushing off to your car, starting it and leave it running for a few minutes to warm up before you go back out to leave.
Cover Your Windshield
You can use a large tarp, sheet or towel to cover your windshield. This reduces the need for scraping ice off it and prevents snow from falling directly on your car’s windshield. Instead of having snow fall or ice form on the glass, these will do so on the cover. When you are getting ready to leave, you simply have to remove the cover and shake off ice and snow it absorbed, giving you clear view of the road from your windshield. If you find some frost underneath the cover, starting your car and warming it up for a few minutes before setting out will clear it out.
Spray a Mix of Rubbing Alcohol and Water
If you find a thick layer of ice on your windshield and want to avoid scraping it off for fear of cracks developing or widening, a simple mixture of rubbing alcohol and lukewarm water will thaw it off. Using a bottle with a spray cap, fill it with ⅓ rubbing alcohol, ⅔ lukewarm water and a few drops of dishwashing liquid. Spray your mixture all over the windshield and wipe it off with a towel. The rubbing alcohol helps thaw the ice quickly, and you are free to add more of the mixture as you need. Just remember to use lukewarm water, as hot water will cause an extreme contrast in temperature that will shatter the glass of your windshield.
See the Road Better with a New Windshield
If you tried hard to clean off snow and ice from your windshield but now see some cracks from when you used to scrape these off, don’t worry. An expert windshield replacement service can help you get back on the road safely in Hamilton without obstacles to your view. Driving around with cracks in your windshield and reduced visibility of the road should not be open to discussion. Don’t let more ice and snow this winter cause existing cracks to grow and new ones to develop due to ice and snow buildup. Avoid further damage and stay safe on the road with fast, quality and affordable windshield replacement.