Tips for De-Icing Your Windshield Without Damaging It

Winter brings a number of annoyances for motorists, and an ice-caked windshield when you’re running late in the morning is high on that list. 

At Auto Glass Fitters, our mobile windshield repair experts in Pittsburgh, PA, understand it can be frustrating to battle with a frozen vehicle every day. However, cleaning off your windshield is crucial for the safety of our roads, and if you don’t take the time to clean it off the right way, your haste might make for some very costly waste.

In other words, you could end up with a cracked or shattered windshield. 

Before we give you our tips for safely de-icing your windshield, let’s take a look at what NOT to do.

  • DON’T pour boiling water on an icy windshield. Extreme changes in temperature can cause the glass to shatter.
  • DON’T grab any old sharp-edged object — especially if it’s made of metal — and start chipping away at the ice. Make sure you carry an ice scraper in your car that’s actually meant to scrape ice from your windshield.
  • DON’T just clear away a small circle on the driver’s side of the car. You could be calling for more than just windshield repair if you can’t see out your full windshield!

The best remedy for an icy windshield is to prevent ice from forming in the first place. Consider this a nudge toward cleaning out your cluttered garage, if you have one! However, if you are forced to park your car out in the elements overnight, it really doesn’t take a lot of extra effort to safely remove frost from your windshield, so you can be on your way quickly — and not cause an accident.

If your car is equipped with a remote starter, you can begin defrosting it without even leaving the house. You just need to remember to press a little button! Otherwise, taking the time to go out and start the car 10-15 minutes before you have to leave can be a big help. 

Here are a few more de-icing tips from our team.

Proper preparation goes a long way toward keeping you and other motorists safe and your car free from damage during the long winter season. However, if you find yourself in need of mobile windshield repair in Wilkes Barre, PA, or anywhere in the Northeast region, it’s good to know that immediate help is always available. Contact Auto Glass Fitters anytime to fix cracks, chips, or any winter windshield damage before it gets worse!