To remove windshield ice and snow, you must have a mind for safety. The added stress on your windshield from freezing temperatures can lead to disaster if you are not careful.
Before you get into your car, check to make sure no ice or snow is blocking your tailpipe. A blocked tailpipe could cause a build-up of deadly carbon monoxide in your car. Even if you think it won’t take long, take the time to check the tailpipe and prevent the possibility of carbon monoxide poisoning in your vehicle.
- Cold glass is under stress; applying heat too quickly causes more stress. Start your car and set the defrost and the fan to “low” to prevent the windshield from heating up too quickly.
- Allow at least 5 minutes for the windshield to slowly heat up.
- Use a plastic ice scraper and a soft brush to clear the ice and snow off of your windshield. If you allow plenty of time for your windshield to warm up, a scraper and brush should be sufficient.
- Use a left-to-right sweeping motion to remove melted ice snow.
- Make sure you use the edge of the scraper which is designed to remove ice and snow from glass surfaces. Use of other edges of the scraper could scratch or crack the windshield.
- Be careful if you find you need to chip ice from the windshield. Excessive force can damage the windshield’s integrity and cause cracks or breaks.