How to defrost your windscreen safely?

What is the best – and safest way – to defrost an icy windscreen?

Winter is here and that means frosted-up windscreens for some of us even here on the Kapiti Coast.

As you well know – driving with an iced windscreen is extremely dangerous

So let’s find out what is the best way to remove a frosted over windscreen? Here are a few tips.

There are many ways to remove ice from your windscreen. But why not prevent it in the first place?

It goes without saying that starting the car, winding the heat right up and blasting the inside of the windscreen will eventually do the trick. But that takes time and, more importantly, wastes fuel.

A free and far more eco-friendly option is water. Pouring luke-warm or even room temperature water over the windscreen will quickly melt off a light frost, while a heavier one may require a bit of scraping with a plastic scraper (never use a metal one, as it can scratch the glass).

After you have done this, be sure to turn your windscreen wipers on to clear the excess water so that it doesn’t simply refreeze.

What about pouring hot water on the windscreen? While it will melt the ice quickly, the drastic temperature change could cause your windscreen to crack especially if you already have a tiny crack somewhere in it, so best to avoid it.

I recommend buying a small ice scraper, they are cheap to buy and a worthwhile investment if you live in a frost-prone area.

Never use a metal scraper or kitchen utensil, such as a spatula or BBQ brush.

A hard bristled plastic brush may work for you as well.

While commercial de-icer products are available which you can spray onto your windscreen, an easy blend of 2/3 isopropyl alcohol and 1/3 water (some say with a few drops of dishwashing detergent) sprayed on a frozen windscreen will do the trick, followed, again, by some easy scraping and wiper-use.

As a precaution, lift the wipers off the windscreen in the evening, you can easily tilt them up so they don’t stick to the screen overnight.

To prevent ice build-up simply put an old towel or large piece of cardboard over your windscreen the night before.

Easy, really. But just remember what not to do – don’t use hot water, don’t use metal scrapers and don’t just drive with an iced-up windscreen hoping it will eventually melt.

5 Tips On Making Your Car More Fuel Efficient by Complete Vehicle Services Paraparaumu

With gas prices sky high most drivers are interested in ways they can make their car more fuel efficient and save as much money as possible. While there are no fuel saving tips that will keep your car full of gas without filling up, there are some tips that really can help you save money on fuel over the long run. All of these tips focus on making your car more fuel efficient.

Fuel Efficiency Tip #1 Drive When You Start Up
This might seem obvious, but as soon as you start up your car you should drive off. However, many people start up and leave the car idling for a while. Instead of this, when you start up drive off and only keep your car running in idle when it is absolutely necessary.

Fuel Efficiency Tip #2 Don’t Ride the Break
Many drivers hit the break more often than is necessary. Additionally there are quite a few drivers that slow down for a braking car when they could easily switch lanes. Not riding the break can increase your fuel efficiency by up to 30%, so this is a great tip you should follow.

Fuel Efficiency Tip #3 Turn Off Your Car
If you are going to be stopping for more than 5 minutes you should switch off your car to keep fuel efficiency at its peak and not burn more gas than is necessary.

Fuel Efficiency Tip #4 Don’t Turn Off Your Car
Unless you have a modern vehicle especially equipped with a Start-Stop function, if you are only stopping for a brief moment or less than 5 minutes then don’t turn off your car because the amount of gas used to start up is more than you would burn in that short period of time.

Fuel Efficiency Tip #5 Inflate Tires Properly
Too many drivers never think of their tires, unless one goes flat. However, having tires that are properly inflated can save fuel and make your car more fuel efficient, saving you money. Because of this, you should check your tire pressure on a regular basis.

While gas prices don’t seem like they will be dipping considerably in the next few months every tip to help you make your car more fuel efficient is helpful. So, follow the above fuel tips and you will see that over time your car really is more fuel efficient.

In addition it is important to check your fuel filter and air filters are regularly serviced, and your engine is running smoothly. Having your fuel system checked and serviced regularly ensures you are running a lean consumption car. Simon at Complete Vehicle Services in Paraparaumu on the Kapiti Coast is an MTA Certified Mechanic, and he is the best person who can instantly assess technically and professionally your fuel system. For Peace of Mind contact Simon today on 04 902 6066 to make an appointment, or contact Simon directly at CLICK HERE