It’s pretty much unanimous: winter is a hard time of year for everyone. Even if you enjoy the beauty of snowflakes swirling in the air, when you’re confronted with an icy car, the wintry magic fades. It’s no fun to spend an hour chipping away at the frosty exterior of your vehicle with cold hands, especially when you’re trying to get somewhere. Instead, you can use these tips to de-ice your car that will help you cut down the time it takes to hit the road this winter.
The best way to eliminate ice is to prevent it
Unfortunately, you cannot make it stop snowing, but you can plan around it. During the wintry months, it’s essential to keep an eye on the weather. Whether you get weather updates from an app or your local weatherperson, it’s a good practice to make a note of what the forecast is calling for; especially if it’s is calling for freezing rain, sleet, snow, or other inclement weather.
Once you know what to expect, there are a few ways you can minimize the impact of ice on your morning commute.
Park in a garage
If you’re one of the lucky ones, you may have access to a garage. When snow is on its way, the easiest thing you can do is park your car where it can’t get to it. Not everyone has a garage, but there are a few other ways you can plan.
Park under cover
If you don’t have a garage, another option is to park under the cover of a tree or building. Consider which direction the wind is coming from when choosing a parking place. Keep in mind that inclement weather can sometimes cause tree branches to fall. It’s a good idea to factor the chances of a limb falling into where you leave your vehicle.
Park in the sun
Depending on where you live, you might see the sun in the winter! It can be helpful to figure out what side of your driveway or parking lot the sun rises on and park in that area. The morning sunlight can cut down the time you spend to defrost your car.
Use a deicer
There are many products on the market specifically made to help with a frosted car. One such product is the windshield deicer. This bottled formula is created for melting ice and snow. There are many different options on the market, so we suggest picking up two or three to test the next time you know it’s going to freeze.
Some people swear by home remedies such as rubbing alcohol or vinegar. And while these can help ease the elbow grease required to scrape your car, they are generally less effective than a specially formulated deicer.
A word of caution: some people may be tempted to pour hot water on their frozen car to melt the ice. While the rationale behind it makes sense, we don’t recommend it! The rapid change in temperature may crack the glass. And while there are ways to fix a crack in your windshield, it’s better to avoid the scenario altogether.
You may have noticed a trend: the key to cutting down the time it takes to clear your car of snow and ice is preparation such as parking in a better spot or buying deicer beforehand. We hope you feel ready to tackle the snowier months with these tips in mind!