Damien O’car­roll.

South Waikato News - - Motoring -

As we are all now ex­pe­ri­enc­ing, win­ter is loom­ing large and that means frosted-up wind­screens for the ma­jor­ity of the coun­try.

Driv­ing with even a par­tially iced wind­screen is ex­tremely dan­ger­ous and more than a lit­tle silly... but what’s the best way to deal with that early morn­ing has­sle of a frosted over wind­screen? Here are a few tips.

It goes without say­ing that start­ing the car, wind­ing the heat right up and blast­ing the in­side of the wind­screen will even­tu­ally do the trick. But that takes time and, more im­por­tantly, wastes fuel.

A free and far more ecofriendly op­tion is wa­ter. Pour­ing luke-warm or even room tem­per­a­ture wa­ter over the wind­screen will quickly melt off a light frost, while a heav­ier one may re­quire a bit of scrap­ing with a plas­tic scraper (never use a metal one, as it can scratch the glass).

Af­ter you have done this, be sure to turn your wind­screen wipers on to clear the ex­cess wa­ter so that it doesn’t sim­ply re­freeze.

If luke­warm wa­ter works well, then hot wa­ter should work even bet­ter, right? Well, yes and

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