One of the biggest dangers of travelling in the winter months and the cause of numerous road traffic accidents is ice on the windshields of vehicles obscuring views of the road.
Of course, getting up and outside even earlier is just about the last thing anyone wants to do on freezing winter mornings, but the extra time is necessary to ensure your car is safe to use.
However, whilst safety is of paramount importance, you also want to get the job done as soon as possible. Here are three products that can help get you out on the road quickly, safely and reduce the likelihood of suffering traffic crash injuries.
The tried and trusted solution. Whilst it can seem a little too much like hard work at times, the effort required will soon get the blood pumping and will therefore both warm and wake you up – just what you need on a frosty morning.
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One thing you do need to make sure of though is that you are thorough and consistent in your movements to prevent any spots being missed. Longer is also better as this enables you to reach every area of the windscreen, minimising the risk of road accidents from obscured vision.
The main benefits of making your own de-icing solution to prevent accidents on the road are that it is both cheap and transportable, allowing you to store it in your car, office or wherever else you may need it. It is also relatively easy to do.
There are two ways of making your own solution. The first is a 3:1 Ratio of vinegar to water, the second a 2:1 mix of rubbing alcohol and water. Both can be sprayed across the windscreen but take care to ensure that the water is never even slightly warm, as this could crack the glass.
This is the most expensive option, but at least you know you are getting something that will definitely work. However, the chances are you will still need to scrape the remaining ice away.
Whatever you choose to do, driving in winter is particularly hazardous and the risk of car crashes and motorcycle accidents is particularly high. If you suffer an accident on the road that wasn’t your fault, then Accident Advice Helpline can help get you back on your feet with the traffic accident compensation you deserve.
Date Published: February 13, 2014
Author: David Brown