Tips for cleaning snow off your windshield

Maryland

There are a number of quick ways that people use to clear snow and ice off their car windshields, but be careful. Some of these methods could cost you a brand new windshield. 

Using a shovel to remove snow from your car can scratch the windshield.

If you’re in a hurry in the morning, you may be tempted to use icy wipers or windshield cleaner to speed up cleaning snow and ice off the windshield.

Both of these mistakes can develop cracks, chips and scratches, resulting in the need for a completely new windshield. 

Another recommendation is to heat up your car while you are cleaning it off, this will help melt the ice and snow off of your windshield.

A local mechanic tells us another common mistake that he sees far too often.

Alan Decker, Supervising Manager at Roy’s Quality Car Care, said “on the way into work this morning I actually saw someone with a bucket of hot water tossing it on the side of their vehicle. It is probably not the best idea. If you take hot water and put it on a cold item, there is a good chance you will shatter your windshield or the side glass with that hot water.”

The best way to clean off your vehicle in this type of weather is the traditional snow brush. It may take a little more time, but will help avoid making a simple mistake that could damage the windshield. 

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