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How to de-ice your car | Autonet Insurance

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Living in Britain it is useful to know how to de-ice your car, if it is not done carefully you could potentially damage your windscreen and other important parts of your car.

Leaving an extra 10 minutes before your journey will give you enough time to safely de-ice your car to get you on the road. Have patience and don't start driving until you can see clearly out of all your windows and your windscreen.

We have put together a few hints and tips to give you an idea on how to tackle ice on your car. 

Equipment to keep in your car (it is best to get these before winter hits and they are available from most motoring shops and supermarkets)
> De-icer spray
> Cloth/Rags
> Ice scraper

De-icing your locks

> Spray your locks with de-icer or pour a bit of warm water over your locks, this may take a few attempts but will de-ice your lock in no time.

TIP - You can use a lighter to heat up your car key which then should slide into the lock.

De-icing your windscreen and windows

> Brush away any thick lumps of ice off your windscreen, mirrors and windows
> Spray de-icer on your windscreen, mirrors and windows
> Wait a few minutes for the ice to defrost
> Use your ice scraper to scrape any ice off your windows
> Use your wipers once the ice has melted to get any excess ice off your windscreen

Things to avoid when de-icing your car

> Avoid using any metal objects as a make-shift ice scraper as they can create scratches and grooves in the glass.
> Avoid using water on your glass, hot water may cause the glass to shatter and cold water may re-freeze leaving you in a worse situation.
> Keep windscreen wipers switched off until the ice has thawed otherwise using them could get the rubber stuck on the ice and break your wipers.

TIP - Leave your windscreen wipers pointed up at night to avoid them freezing to the windscreen.

Tips to prevent de-icing your car

> Putting on a windscreen cover or a full car cover can avoid any ice covering your car.
> Leaving it in a garage overnight will completely protect your car from the weather.
> Leaving it under a car port can keep the majority of the ice off your car.

Using our helpful guide will hopefully point you in the right direction on how to de-ice your car.

Stay safe on the roads!