De-Icing a Window
De-icing a window should be done slowly and methodically with a scraper or de-icer. Do not try to use a shovel or anything metallic to remove ice from your car window because this will likely backfire, leaving you with a broken or scratched window.
Another common mistake is using hot water to try to melt ice. This is not a good idea because the sudden temperature change could actually cause the glass to break. Instead of doing this, use your car’s defroster setting to warm up the glass, and then use a plastic scraper or a brush with soft plastic bristles to remove the ice.
How to De-ice a Car Door
If you expect a cold night ahead, try using a little silicone-based furniture polish on the rubber door seals (whilst avoiding the paintwork) to help prevent doors getting stuck. If you can’t get into your car because the lock is frozen, try warming your key. If this isn’t enough you could also try spraying the lock with WD40 or injecting with the appropriate anti-freeze. Do not use a hairdryer or any other appliance, and do not use a mixture of vinegar and water on your car – the acidic nature of the vinegar could eat in to your windscreen.
Do not apply naked flames to your car, even to the area around the lock. This could seriously damage the lock, and using naked flames around a car is always a risky proposition.
As well as de-icing the lock and the windows, be sure to clear the ice and snow from the roof of the car. If you leave the snow, it could slide down your windscreen or hit another vehicle whilst you are driving or if you need to break.
Another important safety warning is to check the car’s exhaust. If there is any snow or ice plugging up the exhaust, then fumes from the engine could enter the cabin, potentially causing carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is colourless and odourless, which means that you do not realise that you are being affected by it until you are already in serious danger.
Preparing Your Car for the Winter
It can take a long time for ice to melt by itself, so it is a good idea to get into the habit of covering your car when you leave it for the night, or start parking your car in a garage instead of outside whenever the option is available to you. In addition, consider starting to warm your car up a few minutes before you need to leave in the morning. It’s no fun to have to get up a few minutes earlier, but it is worth doing so to reduce the risk of accidents when driving in the winter.