Many people will get ready for their morning commute to find that their car is frozen.
Driving with an icy windshield can be incredibly dangerous, so it’s important to defrost your windows before setting off.
If your car and its windows have suffered the negative consequences of cold weather and you urgently need some advice on how to defrost them, then read on.
How can I defrost my car and its windows quickly?
There are a few methods you can use to do this.
You should always start the defrosting process by starting your engine and putting your AC on the warmest setting, targeting the front and rear windscreens.
Then, the first method you can try is using warm water to melt the ice. As warm water might crack the windscreen if it comes into contact with it, put it in a container such as a food bag and hold it over the windscreen.
This should also help to keep your hands warm, making the process more pleasant.
Secondly, you can use a de-icer spray that can be found in pretty much any supermarket.
You can also make your own version with saltwater.
Pour one cup of salt into two cups of warm water, before emptying it into a spray bottle and putting it on the frosted parts of your vehicle.
Similarly, pickle brine, which is high in salt and vinegar, will do the trick.
Otherwise, rubbing alcohol is an option. You can mix two parts isopropyl rubbing alcohol with one part water and pour it over the frozen parts.
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Is it illegal to drive with a frozen windshield and windows?
The ice on the windshield and on your windows will distort your vision, significantly increasing the risk of an accident.
Because of that, Rule 229 of the Highway Code makes it illegal to do this.
It says that, in adverse weather conditions, drivers must demist and clean all mirrors and lights. People must also ensure their number plates are visible and remove all snow from their vehicle as this might fall into the path of other drivers.
However, you are allowed to drive with snow on the roof of your vehicle.