One of the more bothersome challenges of winter is removing ice from your car’s windscreen on frosty mornings. Here are some tips on how to prevent and remove windscreen ice.
If sheltered parking is not an option, covering your windscreen will work nearly as well. Use a tarp, large towel or old sheet folded as necessary. Hold the cover in place using the wiper blades, weights, magnets or some other method so it will not blow off. Auto parts stores sell covers that typically have magnets built in to help hold them in place. Note that a cover may scratch paint if the finish is dirty and/or the cover moves about in the wind. Also, covers are best used when little or no snowfall is expected; heavy snow deposits can make removing a cover difficult.
Before the weather turns cold, fill your car’s windscreen washer reservoir with winter fluid or a “de-icer” solution that will not freeze and can aid in ice removal. Be sure to operate the washers long enough to flush any summer solution from the lines. When snow or freezing weather is expected, fold the wiper arms up off the glass or place small pieces of wood (or other objects) under the wiper arms to hold the rubber blades off the windshield. This will prevent them from freezing to the glass and ease snow and ice removal. The use of one-piece beam-type wiper blades or rubber encased winter wipers will minimise snow and ice buildup on the blades and help speed the removal of both.