Properly De-Icing Your Car

By: Mary Pulley Email
By: Mary Pulley Email

When freezing rain hits, a lot of drivers will be looking for the quickest way to get ice off the car.

However, experts caution against quick fixes, such as using hot water because it could crack your windshield or simply refreeze and make more ice.

Experts also say don't set your defrost too high. That can crack your windshield, too.

"If you heat the entire passenger compartment of your car such as your mid-level heat range or your floor, it will do a better job of defrosting, and it won't crack the windshields," says Lee Bowman, owner of Bowman's Towing Company.

Before putting one of those de-icing fluids you can buy at the store in your car, check the bottle. Some of these liquids can freeze if it gets cold enough.

One way to avoid de-icing altogether is to put a paint tarp over it before the precipitation begins. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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