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The art of de-icing your car

How to de-ice your car isn’t something you’re likely to cover in your driving lessons, especially if you learn in the summer. Fortunately, there are plenty of handy tips for the first time that Jack Frost appears. If you prefer not to use chemicals, the old-fashioned way is to lay a dry towel or blanket over your car’s windscreen at night (tucked in under the wipers) to prevent ice forming. In the morning, if you find your door locks are frozen, just slather your keys in hand sanitising gel as this will de-ice the locks and de-germ your keys. If you don’t have any hand gel, you can gently heat your keys up over a lighter instead. If you’re really unlucky, you might find your door handles and seals frozen over. If you can’t loosen them gently by hand, try spraying de-icer on the stuck areas or spread some hand gel around. Alternatively, you can carefully pour warm water on the icy bits but never use boiling water, and wipe off any excess to ensure it doesn’t refreeze. Driving off with limited vision from snow, ice or misting is dangerous and you can be fined with points on your licence, so make sure all your windows are completely clear. Removing ice from your windscreen is a regular winter chore and using anything other than a car ice scraper is likely to damage your windscreen. If you don’t want to invest in de-icer spray, there are some clever DIY solutions with low freezing points to make quick work of the frost. A solution using water and a teaspoon of salt in a misting spray bottle on the windscreen then wiped down with an old towel is one option, but don’t spray it on your body work as salt corrodes metal. Again, one part water to three parts vinegar works and you can use it the night before as a preventative measure. A mixture of two parts alcohol or surgical spirit to one part water is also effective. You can also soak a towel in the salt water solution and place it on your windscreen and windows overnight for frost-free results.