January can often be a very cold month, and mother nature can often interfere with your morning commute – especially by covering up your car.
Now that the new year has arrived, many workers will try to rush to work early, only to encounter frostbite on door handles and foggy windshields.
There are even concerns that snow could be on the way, which presents dangerous conditions for motorists.
The country is susceptible to blizzards, strong winds and widespread frost, with temperatures plummeting to -3°C.
But trying to speed up your driveway in these conditions before clearing out your important points of view, like windows or mirrors, can be a bad idea.
You could even be fined up to £100, according to the AA.
There’s a chance you’ll face three penalty points on your driver’s license for also having obstructed view of the road, so this is an important step to take every morning.
But for those on a tight budget, the good news is that you don’t necessarily have to invest in the latest technology to keep your car safe and rideable.
Some household items can do your job just fine.
Plus, sometimes it can be as simple as planning your parking.
If you park your car in the right direction the night before, with your car’s front window facing east, it will be in the line of sunrise – that way nature will do the de-icing work for you. when the dew gradually dissipates and accumulates.
However, household items can also be used as a quick do-it-yourself fix to prevent your car from freezing up before you have to rush to work in the morning, or an emergency remedy. grant if you were late.
Check them out below.
Your windshield is where you’ll notice the most frost buildup, but it’s also the most important part to clear in the morning.
However, you can use any towel you have at home to prevent this from happening in the first place.
Place one on the windshield, keeping it under the windshield wipers so it won’t blow away during the night.
You can also trap the top two corners of the car door for safekeeping.
The towel will remove the ice, which means your windshield will be clear underneath when it’s removed.
Summer may be over, but that doesn’t mean beach towels are made redundant.
You will need something like this as the towel should be large enough to cover the windshield and must ensure all areas of the glass are covered.
If you leave only a small gap, you can still see the fog on the car appear the next morning.
The next thing you’ll want to notice is that your wing mirrors are dimmed.
But another simple solution is to wrap them in a plastic bag.
Place any bag you can hide under the sink on the mirror and tie it with an elastic band to protect the mirror from external agents.
That way in the morning, the mirror shouldn’t have ice because instead it will accumulate on the bag, which you can easily remove again before departure.
However, remember to take that last step before you dash off, or you’ll end up with the same poor visibility as the neglected bags still clinging to the mirror obstructing your view.
If you forgot to take those measures the night before, you might be looking for a quick fix the next morning to clear the ice on your car.
You can use a store-bought windshield cleaner, but if you want to save a few cents, make your own with what you have in your closet.
You can make a solution with three parts vinegar and one part water, according to automotive experts Barum.
Simply pour the mixture into a spray bottle and cover with a curtain before using a rubber broom or soft-bristled brush to remove the stones.
The solution has a lower freezing point than water, so it won’t cause ice to freeze quickly if you spray it the night before.
But do not store in the car for later use as this will reduce the temperature and be less effective.
Tire and vehicle experts warn that you should NEVER splash hot water on cold car windows, so don’t be fooled even if you’re in a hurry.
Window glass can crack because this material is very sensitive to sudden temperature changes – if it does break as a result, it could cost you extra money to replace your windshield.
Even if you have tried to remove or prevent all exterior frosting from your car, you may still be faced with a frosted interior.
But that’s good news for pet owners, as another household item you probably have a lot of will prevent the problem from happening.
You’ll want to reduce the humidity that builds up inside your car as the temperature drops, especially if you have sneaky crevices in your car’s seals and windows or it’s just been a particularly wet and dreary morning. .
If you have a cat, put the cat in a sock or cloth bag to absorb the moisture.
Some silica gel packs will also work if you have leftovers from any packaging – that way you can reuse them instead of throwing them away.
https://www.thesun.ie/motors/7865229/household-items-prevent-windscreen-frost-risk-fine/ Drivers can prevent frost on the windshield with four household items