Winters are no fun for car owners. Besides having to clear snow off the driveway, you also need to keep your windshield free from ice.
A windshield ice scraper is a favorite go-to for drivers. It’s a cheap and practical tool which, as its name suggests, removes any ice and snow that may have collected on your windshield. While it comes in handy, it can also harm your car glass with improper use or the wrong choice of tools.
Choosing the Right Ice Scraper for Your Windshield
You might be tempted to use common household items such as car keys, a spatula, or a knife in lieu of a proper ice scraper. Under no circumstance should you do this, especially if they have metal parts which can scratch your windshield.
You shouldn’t use your wipers either. They’re designed to remove water, not snow or ice. As such, they can’t do the job as efficiently as an ice scraper. Plus they tend to wear easily if you force them to clean your windshield.
We recommend using a plastic ice scraper with a soft bristled brush at the end. Plastic means it’s lightweight and that it wouldn’t bear down on glass or break it with the smallest pressure. The brush can safely scrape off ice or snow so you don’t have to worry about scratching your vehicle.
Tips on How to Use a Windshield Ice Scraper
Using the right ice scraper isn’t enough to prevent your windshield from being scratched. You should also know how to use it properly. Below are the do’s and don’ts of using a windshield ice scraper.
Tip #1 – Do defrost before you scrape
Turn on the engine and the defroster. Setting your vents to defrost will safely warm your windshield from the inside. Wait for 10-15 minutes and allow the ice to melt. If the sun is hot enough (and it isn’t snowing heavily), leave your car out in the open to melt the ice a bit faster than usual.
Tip #2 – Don’t use hot water
Your windshield is the toughest window on your car. But like any glass, extreme shifts in temperature will cause it to crack. So do yourself a favor and never use hot water to melt the ice.
Tip #3 – Don’t tap the ice to break it off
Some drivers mistakenly tap the ice with a hard object in an attempt to break them off into smaller pieces. Unfortunately, this could also break your windshield and cost you a replacement.
Tip #4 – Don’t apply force when scraping
If you find yourself exerting force while scraping the windshield, you need to stop what you’re doing. Scraping should be effortless. If you’re having a hard time, then the ice hasn’t melted enough and you need to wait.
Tip #5 – Do your best to be patient
To sum things up, you should be patient when de-icing and scraping snow off your windshield. It’s better to take the extra 10 to 15 minutes each day than to risk damaging your windshield.