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How NOT to clear icy windshields

This time of year many drivers will discover creative ways to break their vehicles’ windshield glass while removing ice and snow.

Do Not Try These Ideas at home:

*  Pour hot water on the windshield and windows to melt the ice.  Make sure it melts the ice completely so the frozen glass will shatter due to the extreme temperature change.

* Tap the ice with a hammer to break the ice into pieces to pick off the glass.   If that doesn’t work, use a screwdriver or ice pick as a chisel.  This usually results in an impact hole or large crack.

* Use a credit card to scape the ice off the glass.  The credit card doesn’t damage the glass but it could break which is another problem altogether.

* Use a propane torch to melt the ice. Not only is this dangerous to the torch bearer, but this also can unintentionally met the glass.

* Pour a mixture of vinegar and water on the windshield so that it freezes to the glass before the rain does, therby preventing ice.  Unfortunately, vinegar eats pits into the windshield glass.

 

These ideas, above, may be creative, but they can be hazardous.  Here’s a better process for safely removing ice from vehicle glass: gradually heat the glass (using the car’s heater to warm the interior) while scraping and brushing from the outside.

Following are some other winter weather tips:

1) Check to make sure no ice or snow is obstructing the tailpipe.  If it is covered, the ice or snow must be removed to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning inside the vehicle.

2) If the car door is frozen shut with ice, pour cool water to melt the ice ans use a plastic ice-scaper to carefully chip a crack in the ice around the door seal and the lock.  Do not try to unseal the door by using a hair dyer, cigarette lighter, ice pick, screwdriver, propane torch or portable heater.

3) Start the vehicle and use the defroster setting on medium setting to gradually warm the  glass.  Wait at least 5 minutes for the car to warm up.

4) Use a plastic ice scraper and a soft plastic bristle brush or broom to clear the ice.  A squeegee also helps.

There are de-icing products on the market that may shorten the time it takes to melt the ice, but they mixed results.  The most important thing is to plan some extra time to remove the ice before traveling.  If a windshield is chipped or pitted, it may be able to be repaired rather that replaced.  Windshield chip repairs save money.

 

 

 

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