Here are a few tips on how to de-ice your vehicle.
If you’re caught out in an ice storm you’ll need to get the door open and start your vehicle. You’re warming up your vehicle so that you can use the defrosters to melt the ice. You can then use a scraper to remove the ice from ALL of your windows. Don’t be unsafe or lazy about clearing your windows. NOTE: Don’t use metal objects to chip or hammer away the ice from your windows. Also, don’t use hot water on cold glass. Doing so could break the glass.
Get a can of commercial de-icer (about $4 at any auto parts store) and keep it handy outside of your vehicle. Maybe keep a can in your locker, desk drawer or bag/briefcase. You could also make your own de-icer concoction (about $2) and put in a spray bottle. Use 2 parts of 70% or higher rubbing alcohol and 1 part water.
Now if you know the storm is coming you can take several preventative measures.
- Fasten plastic bags around your side mirrors. (Of course you’ll need to remove the bags when you go to drive the vehicle.)
- Cover and secure waterproof cardboard, or trash bags, or rubber mats, or a commercial windshield cover on your windshield. Make sure that whatever you use makes direct contact with the windshield. (If you don’t do this, water could get underneath the cover materials and then form ice.) When you remove the covering materials you’ll have a squeaky clean windshield. If you can, lift your wiper blades away from the windshield to prevent the wipers from freezing to the windshield.
- Spray silicone lubricant on your door gaskets to allow much easier opening of the doors. The lubricant will prevent the doors from freezing where the gaskets meet the metal door frame. Also, give your door locks a shot of silicone lubricant. If your can of lubricant has one of those long applicators, stick it into the locks and give a shot to the inside of the locks as well.
All of these tips should help you remove or keep ice off of your vehicles glass surfaces. I guess it goes without saying, but I’m going to say it anyway……..if you don’t have to go out in an ice storm then don’t. Stay in bed and pull the covers up and ignore old man winter.