I am yet to meet someone or anyone in the U.K who wakes-up with the elation of stepping-out into a frost-bite winter morning to de-ice their car.
However, motorists are mandated by U.K traffic laws to ensure complete visibility through their vehicle windows, and that their number-plates are clean and legible at all times. Notwithstanding that de-icing your car at 06:00am in the morning feels like a job better suited for the S.A.S – you will have to soldier on with an ice-cracking battle strategy. Preparation: around bedtime. Start your car and allow it to warm-up for a few minutes intermittent with some gentle revving. While the engine is idling, spray the windows with a mixture of water and white vinegar: these two methods merely delay the formation of ice. Inasmuch, you can also place two socks, filled with kitty-litter, inside the car fore-and-aft against the windscreen to reduce the build-up of window fog. Next, pour some Isopropyl-alcohol into the windscreen reservoir, cover your side-mirrors with plastic bags tied with elastic-bands and raise your wiper-blades – after that you should get a good-nights rest. Come the following morning you will certainly reap the benefits of your hard-work and sacrifice. Weapons detail: you will need a plastic ice-scraper, a rubber squeegee and a solution of isopropyl alcohol/saline/salt-water – mixed in a spray-bottle. Do not run-out of your house guns-blazing – it is dark and the surfaces around you are slippery. Begin at the front-windscreen circling the vehicle’s green-house with a machine-gun fire of your D.I.Y ice killing solution to thaw the ice. Next, ingress your vehicle and start the engine. Remove the kitty-litter filled socks, initiate the climate-control functions and engage the defroster. Then get ready to face the enemy hand-to-hand – leave the wiper-blades up and do not remove the plastic-bags from your side-view mirrors. With the ice slightly thawed, use your ice-scraper to remove the hardest layers of ice – once again start at the front-windscreen and quickly progress to the vehicle’s greenhouse – not forgetting to remove any snow or ice atop the roof. If necessary, spray more of the non-lethal solution and remove any floating ice-debris with your rubber squeegee – at which point you can now remove the plastic-bags and return the wiper-blades to their functional position. Mission accomplished!
With both the cabin interior and the engine at an optimal heated temperature – you better head to work, on the double, for your next assignment.
Written by Dean Joseph