How to remove ice from the windshield

Going out of the house to look for the car and find yourself with the ice covered windshield is a typical picture of winter in cold areas. Before starting the trip, either a short or longer journey, it will be necessary to remove this icy layer that covers our glass and makes it impossible to see through it. There are several actions that you can carry out, as well as there are some frequent mistakes that are usually made when performing this task. In this article, we explain how to remove ice from the windshield.

Steps to follow:


The saying goes that "prevention is better than cure", so the first thing you should do is to avoid low temperatures, especially at night, freezing your car's windshield . For this, it is recommended to store the vehicle in a garage or under cover; but we know that this is not always possible, so you can also place a plastic, canvas, cardboard ... between the windshield and the windshield wipers to reduce freezing.


But when it has not been avoided or has not worked and the glass of the car has turned into an ice rink, there is no other option but to remove the frost from the windshield before starting the car trip .


One of the most practical methods to remove ice from the windshield is to use an ice scraper, already manufactured for this purpose. Its main advantage is that it offers a scraping surface large enough to remove ice quickly.


If the ice catches us before making us with a scraper, other elements can also be improvised to carry out this task, such as a plastic card (DNI, driver's license, supermarket ...), but we run the risk of Break Also, it will take forever to remove all the ice from the windshield.


Another good option to eliminate the ice that covers the glass of our car is to use alcohol, since it freezes at temperatures lower than water (which at 0ºC already solidifies). We do not recommend throwing it directly into the windshield wiper water tank, as it could damage the ducts, but use it directly on the glass once frozen.


What we must also keep in mind is NOT TO USE HOT WATER to remove the ice from the windshield of the car. Although many people believe that it is the most effective method, it is not like that, since due to the contrast of temperatures it can crack or even break the glass.


When temperatures are very low, it is also important to know how to start the car to do it correctly.

  • Remove the ice completely from the windshield before starting the trip, even if it is a short journey.
  • Do not use hot or warm water to clean the frost from the crystals.