Top 4 Tips for De-icing Your Car


When it comes to driving safely in icy conditions and snowy weather, having a clear windshield is a top priority.  Follow these tips for de-icing your windows:

  1. Start your engine and turn on your heat to the highest setting possible.  Turn on your front and rear defrosters, which will push the airflow up out of the vent and onto your inner windshield.  Also make sure the side vents are pointed at the side windows, as it is equally important to clear those windows as well.  Wait a few minutes.  If this doesn’t do the trick, continue to the next step.
  2. Get out of your car and start brushing any snow off your car’s windshield. However, if there is a large amount of snow over the back of the hood, closest to the windshield, remove it BEFORE turning on your defroster. If you don’t, the air near the windshield will cool below its dew point, causing your windshield can become nearly opaque.
  3. Pop your hood and open up the container for windshield solution. Empty this reservoir and refill it with a de-icing agent, such as Ice-X.
  4. Get in the car and spray your windshield (if you put the solution in your windshield solution reservoir) and run the wiper blades.  You can also use a scraper/squeegee to remove the slush.

Here are some additional Dos & Don’ts for keeping your vehicle ice-free during the winter:


  • Check your wiper blades every six months and change them at least once a year.  They can deteriorate due to many environmental factors including moisture, oil, and sunlight.
  • Lift wipers off your windshield to prevent them from freezing to the glass.
  • If your entire car door is covered with ice, gently tap around the door frame with your scraper until you can break that seal of ice to get into your car.
  • Keep an ice scraper both in your car and indoors, so it is not frozen inside your car when you need it most.
  • Get a tarp, or something that covers doors, windows and locks to prevent an icy vehicle in the first place.


  • Use a hair dryer on the ice.
  • Use hot water to melt ice on your windows.
  • Use water to unseal a frozen lock.  It may fix the problem temporarily, but can cause permanent damage.
  • Bang the ice with a hard and/or sharp object.
  • Use any kind of salt.
  • Leave the car running in the garage with the defroster on and the garage door closed.


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