Six easy ways to defrost your car in the morning

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Six easy ways to defrost your car in the morning

Don’t get caught out by the big freeze (Picture: Getty)

We’ve all been there. 

You’re running late, or just about on time, for work when you rush outside to find your car is covered in ice and in no fit state to drive.

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But what are the most effective ways to defrost it so you can minimise the amount of trouble you’re in?

Here is the best of what the internet suggests:

Use water, but make sure its not boiling

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If you use hot water make sure its not boiling (Picture: WikiHow)

Pouring a bucket of boiling water over your car might seem the quickest of fixes but it also stands a good chance of cracking your windows.

Instead use lukewarm water, then wipe away the slush with a cloth or scraper.

Why settle for just water

Meteorologist Ken Weathers suggests 1/3 water water and 2/3 rubbing alcohol will do the trick far better than water as explained in the video above.

Basically a homemade deicer.

If you’ve got deicer, this is the best way

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Deicer is more effective the more you use (Picture: WikiHow)

Deicer might take a little more time than warm water but according to WikiHow, the more you use the more effective it will be.

Again like with water, having a scraper or cloth to wipe away the ice is very handy and will speed up the process.

You can use a credit card or one of those £5 notes

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Credit cards are quick fix if you don’t have anything else (Picture: WikiHow) WikiHow

If you have no scraper or deicer and getting water is a hassle or impossible then you can opt for the classic credit card.

It is all about having good tekkers for this one. Using a straight long edge with no bend of flex is considered the most effective way.

Of course, if you fancy showing off a little you can use a new £5 note.

As Darren WIlliams, from Liverpool, aptly demonstrates:









If your windows are misted don’t use your hands

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Your hands will leave your windscreen smeared (Picture: WikiHow)

It’s hard enough to see when you’re windows are misting up so using your hands to smear it up further is not a good idea.

Also there are all sorts of other things that can go wrong, like scratching it with a diamond ring.

What about if it snowed?

Frost on a car

(Picture: Getty)

If your car is not just covered in ice but snow as well then the best way to rid yourself of it is with a soft brush.

But don’t just focus on the windscreen, the AA says that it is important to make sure your front grill is clear as well to avoid overheating.

Don’t forget your lights as well.

How to prevent it in the first place

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(Picture: WikiHow)

If you can’t be bothered with all of the above then you could just try and prevent yourself the hassle in the first place.

To do that cover your car in a towel, sheet or large bit of cardboard before any dew or ice forms.

If you do that you could save yourself a lot of damage or at least some hassle.