Ice Scraper Tips and Hacks

Posted December 22, 2015

Frozen windows on the cold mornings in Holland? Not to fear! With the tricks below, you’ll be able to get back on the roads quickly to stay warm through the cold winter in Michigan.

  1. Invest in a quality ice scraper. Ice scrapers with a long handle, firm grip, and brush for removing snow will make a big difference to save you time scraping windows. You’ll be able to see clearly and get inside your warm car even faster!
  2. Use the defroster. Turning on your engine and the defroster can help warm up your vehicle. As the temperature inside rises, the ice on the windshield will start to melt and become easier to scrape away. But never leave your running car unattended.
  3. Alternate scrapers in a pinch. If you’re caught unprepared without an ice scraper, you likely have a tool with you that can help! Use a firm credit card (or stack a couple together) to scrape away thin ice. Laminated cards don’t work well, as they are not firm enough. You can also use a cd case or spatula (if you happen to store kitchen supplies in your vehicle).
  4. Try a deicer. If the ice isn’t scraping away easily, try a commercial deicer or make your own. Combine water with vinegar (or dish soap and alcohol) in a spray bottle to help melt the ice faster.
  5. Raise your windshield wipers. If you are parking in freezing temperatures, lift up your windshield wipers. This will prevent them from freezing to the glass and help you avoid damaging the rubber as you scrape away the ice.
  6. Be patient. Even though scraping ice is a hassle, never drive with a frosted windshield. The thin layer of ice can seriously compromise your ability to see the road and leave you in a dangerous situation.

Stay warm this winter in Holland! To help prepare your vehicle for the winter weather, stop by D’s Auto & Truck Repair for an inspection and maintenance or call to schedule an appointment: 616.796.9929

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