How to stop your windscreen freezing and defrost your car – and deter opportunist thieves

You’d think, given how cold Britain gets, we’d know how to safely de-ice our cars.

With frosty mornings returning clearing the windscreen is a must. It’s illegal to drive with vision distorted.

So how do you make sure you don’t end up with a frosted up windscreen?

There’s a few preventative measures you can take – and if you’ve left it too late there’s plenty of tips as to how you can clean the screen as quickly as possible.

See below for a guide to defrosting before thieves take advantage of you leaving your can idle and running.

How to stop your windscreen freezing

  • Rub a raw onion half on your windows and windshield the night before a big freeze. This strange car trick will keep frost from forming on the glass.
  • You can also spray it with vinegar or alcohol mixed with water to avoid frost. Try a 1:2 ratio of water to alcohol.
  • Cover your windshield with rubber bath mats or a folded sheet – don’t forget the carrier bag to put it in once you remove it. Use your windscreen wipers to keep it in place.
  • If its the blades freezing rub them with alcohol – it keeps them from sticking to the window.
  • You can also use night-before de-icer to make your life easier.
  • Bonus tip: Cover your side mirrors with carrier bags the night before and secure them with rubber bands to stop them from freezing.
  • Do NOT use newspaper as it’s too thin and can freeze onto the windscreen.
  • Do NOT use boiling water or a scraper – one can just freeze again and the other can scratch your screen. You don’t want to damage your car.

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