Waking up to a cold morning in Salt Lake City already makes it hard to get out of bed, and walking outside to a frozen car can make it that much harder to want to leave the house. Icy windshields can be especially pesky when you’re already running late for work, however it’s important to recognize the dangers of driving with an improperly defrosted car ⎯ it’s better to be late than be in an auto accident.
Instead of having to make a call to your local attorney, take the extra time to properly defrost your car. You can’t legally drive your car if all you have is a small scraped-off area on the front windshield; It doesn’t take a lawyer to tell you that.
Here are some of the safest and quickest ways to defrost your car, without damaging your car.
Why Take the Time?
Properly defrosting your car lowers the risk of being involved in a car accident. Frost limits your field of view, making your blind spots that much more dangerous, and limiting what you can see through your windshield.
Use Warm Water
A quick way to defrost your frozen windshield is by using lukewarm water to defrost it. You want to stay clear of boiling water, as that can cause your windshield to crack.
Once you’ve poured the warm water on your windshield, you can remove the slush with a scraper or a cloth. Make sure you’re careful so you don’t scratch the glass, though.
Another way to go is homemade deicer. The recipe consists for 1/3 of water and 2/3 rubbing alcohol. Though deicer takes more time to defrost than water, it is far more effective.
If taking the time isn’t your way to go, you could invest in a tarp. Keeping your car covered is a great way to avoid having to deal with frost in the first place.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident this winter, contact your local attorney at Robert J. DeBry and Associates. We will help you resolve your case.