In the winter months, we all have to take that bit of extra care with our vehicles. From making sure tyre pressures and treads are correct and brakes are in good working order to ensuring the engine is kept regularly ticking over. The cold weather makes standard car safety checks even more important. There are a few different ways to de-ice your car. It is important to make sure your car is safe before you being your journey.
When you picture cars in winter time, the first image that inevitably springs to mind is having to de-ice your car. How many of us have been late for work after not factoring this extra time into our morning routine?
What’s the best way to de-ice your car?
Everyone has a preferred method for de-icing their car. Below is a run-down of some of the most cost and time effective ways:
- Let the car do the work – If you have the time, you can turn your car engine on and let it idle to warm the car up. Some cars have a defrost setting on the temperature gauge which will aid this process. Of course, how long it takes to clear depends on a number of factors, such as the current temperature, the amount of ice etc. but you should wait for at least 15 minutes before setting off.
- Spray a saltwater solution – Using pure water – cold, hot or warm – can potentially cause problems so should be avoided. Using a salt water solution instead means the ice will be dissolved thanks to a chemical reaction. Salt ions will also lower the freezing point of water, limiting the likelihood of re-freezing occurring. However, be sure to use the solution sparingly to avoid damaging the glass.
- Use an ice scraper – This method requires a bit of forward planning as you need to have an ice scraper to hand before the ice-cold weather arrives. The best ones are attached to mitts, making them both easy to grip and able to protect your hands from the dislodged ice. Nobody wants to start the day with freezing cold hands. You can also pre-prepare your car for the conditions with various windscreen solutions.
Claiming for a road traffic accident
Being able to thoroughly de-ice your car is all part of staying safe on the road. If you’re injured in an accident on the road that wasn’t your fault, remember that you may be due injury compensation.
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Date Published: February 20, 2017
Author: Accident Advice