Removing and Preventing Frost on your Windshield
Winter has arrived here in South Carolina (for the next few days at least) and I dread nothing more than the morning ritual of scraping the windshield. Luckily, I have found a few options to help out with this task.
The fool-proof method to avoiding a frosted-over windshield is to keep the car under a cover or shed.
If a shed, garage, or other covered storage is not an option, you should try a car cover. Car covers are available in countless different materials and it is easy to find one that is perfect for your specific conditions. Some of the most popular materials for heavy snow and colder weather are Noah, Weathershield HP, and Reflec'tect. Noah is a great option for long term storage and dent and ding protection. Weathershield HP is excellent for heavy rains mixed with snow, sleet and ice. Reflec'tect is the perfect cover for short storm storage and makes removing snow loads from your vehicle a piece of cake! Just make sure that if your cover is ever iced on or frozen to the vehicle to first break the ice bond before trying to remove the cover. This can be acheived using warm/hot water and a little patience. Shop our different cover and material options here.
If you prefer not to bother with putting on and removing a cover every time, you can try using an ice prevention spray that can be applied to the windshield at night and will keep the windshield free of frost. You can also try a de-icer that will quickly clear any frost that has accumulated on the windshield overnight. These products are available for purchase at many auto parts stores and big box stores. I even found a few "recipes" online for a home-made, non-toxic version! One was as simple as mixing one part water to two parts 70% isopropyl alcohol in a spray bottle and applying that to the windshield, melting the frozen buildup.
Of course theres always the old trusty solution....scraping. Just make sure the edge of the scraper is in good condition, meaning it doesnt have any nicks or uneven places which could scratch your windshield. I prefer the deluxe scrapers that have a cozy mitt to place your hand in while performing that daunting chore.
Have patience! Winter will be over soon and we'll be longing for the days of chilly weather. Until then, try out one of the alternatives listed above.