Car Defrosting Tips to Get You on the Road Quicker and Safer
No car owner in Michigan looks forward to having to clear the snow and ice from their cars before they hit the road. It’s not fun and when it’s terribly cold out, nobody wants to be outside longer than absolutely necessary. But take it from a car accident lawyer: getting rid of the snow and ice from your car is essential for preventing car accidents and keeping yourself — and other drivers — safe on the road.
First and foremost, it’s important to remember that clearing snow from your car isn’t optional. In the state of Michigan, drivers are required by law to remove all snow from the windshield, all other windows, headlights, tail lights, brake lights, and the license plate. And yes, you also have to clear snow off the roof of your car, too.
Michigan is one of 12 states to require drivers to clear the snow off the roofs of their cars. But even if you don’t live in a state where it’s required, it’s still an important thing to do. Once a car is in motion, lightweight snow can blow off and obstruct the view of other drivers. And if the snow has some ice mixed in with it, large, heavy pieces of it can fly off and hit other cars or fall into the road and create a hazard.
When it’s time to clear off your car, start by turning on your car and its window defrosters to help make your job a little bit easier. Once you’ve done that, grab your snow brush and start clearing off your roof before working your way down. After all, you don’t want to have to brush your car off twice.
Once the snow is gone, it’s time to focus on the ice on your windows. If you want to defrost your windows quickly and easily, one thing you can do is keep a spray bottle with a mixture of water and rubbing alcohol in your car. Simply spraying a mixture of two-thirds rubbing alcohol and one-third water will help clear the ice from your windshield without you having to spend so much time scraping by hand. Rubbing alcohol freezes at a much lower temperature than water, so you can keep this solution in your car without worrying that it will freeze. As tempting as it might be to just bring a pot of hot water out to pour over your car’s windows, don’t do it. Hot water on a very cold window will likely cause the window to crack.
If you really want to reduce the amount of time it takes to clear off your car, stop by your local auto supply store and pick up a windshield cover. These covers are inexpensive and simply attach to your car’s side-view mirrors. When you put a cover on your windshield before a snowfall, the next day, you’ll have to clear off the rest of your car, but your windshield will be nice and clear once you take the cover off. You might also want to pick up a commercial-grade ice prevention spray to put on your windows so you hopefully won’t have to spend as much time scraping your windows.
Windshield wipers are extremely important for winter driving, but it’s very easy for them to get frozen to the windshield. If this happens, be very careful not to pull on them since this can damage them. If you can’t wait for your window defrosters to thaw them out, use your ice scraper to chip away at the ice until they’re able to move again. If you think to do it before a snowfall, pop up your windshield wipers so they won’t have a chance to freeze to the windshield.