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Efficient Methods to Defrost Your Car

Around this time of year so many of us are caught out, usually when youíre already running a little late for work. You venture outside only to find your car encapsulated with an icy gleam. Then we face a mad panic to get the car ready to go so you are not late for your commitments. Fortunately, by following this cleverly devised 8 step method you can get your car ready to roll as quickly as possible.

1. Inspect the Exhaust

Depending on the severity of the weather, it is entirely possible your exhaust pipe could have become obstructed by snow or ice. In these conditions it is important to check and clear this before starting the engine. If neglected there is a risk carbon monoxide fumes could leak out from other places.

2. Gain Access

In a worst case scenario it can feel like a fight to actually get in your vehicle. Door seals may have frozen, but a mighty tug should be enough to break the frost. Failing that you could carefully apply warm water around the door to quickly free it up. On older cars it is even possible for locks to freeze. For this, many service stations will sell specific lock de-icers use heat or de-icer to free the lock.

3. Start Your Engine

It is vital to allow your car to warm up sufficiently, around 5 minutes. Donít make the amateur mistake of immediately hitting the fans on full blast. Cold air blowing the screen wonít be much help until the engine reaches temperature.

4. Stay with Your Car

The reports are in and it is worrying. An alarming number of individuals are willing to leave their cars running and return to their houses. Potential thieves are always on the lookout for such easy opportunities and itís quite likely that your insurance would refuse to pay out.

5. Arm the Defrosters

The majority of modern cars have fast acting electronic defrosters fitted to them. Once the car has warmed up you should switch these on to aid in the removal of stubborn ice.

6. Say No to Hot Water

Pouring hot water over the windows or screens can be very detrimental to the glass. The fast change in temperature puts excessive stress on the screen which can lead to cracks. Additionally the water is likely to freeze again if itís cold enough.

7. Get Scraping

Now it is time to break out the scrapers and get ot work on all the windows and screens. The ice should be much easier to remove after following all previous steps.

8. Finish the Job Properly

Resist the urge to do half the job and setting off with obscured vision. This is highly dangerous as your vision is integral to travelling safely, let alone in poor conditions.

9. Plan Ahead

You can make your life easier by planning ahead. Check your local weather report to see whether there is a risk of frost or icing. If this is the case you could park your car under cover or in a garage if you have one available. At the very least you can always place a†cover or blanket over the screens to reduce ice build-up over night.

Driving Tips  29/12/2014 09:14:37

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