“The best way to de-ice your windshield requires heat and time. Start the vehicle’s engine and set the heater to defrost and adjust the airflow to recirculate, AAA suggests. Make sure the temperature control is set to full heat. As the air warms and starts to thaw the ice use your scraper, a squeegee or soft brush to start cleaning.
There’s no best method to use a scraper, but preferably use a plastic one as it will not scratch your windshield. Use light to moderate pressure when scraping – heavy pressure and hitting or tapping the glass could worsen any weakness in your windshield.
Also take care not to scrape beyond the windshield, because the scraper could scratch your car’s paint if you use it to scrape other parts of your car. When removing ice from your car windows, try not to scrape up to the edge of the window, as you could damage the molding or trim.”
Read more about clearing your windshield from ice here.
Of course, every year the same “remove ice quickly” hacks appear telling motorists to try dumb ideas. None so dumb as the use hot water to clear the ice from your windshield method. Changing from one extreme temperature to another is just asking for your windshield to crack. There are also those who swear by using a mix of vinegar and water. There’s actually no proven benefit of melting ice quicker by using this solution and it may even cause corrosion.
If you’ve fell victim to one of these so-called hacks and need your windshield replaced or repaired call Advantage Auto Glass 612-343-8984. We even offer mobile service at no extra cost to residents in the Twin Cities area.