Drivers urged to use little known defrosting tips which can take ice off windscreens in ‘SECONDS’

Drivers urged to use these little known defrosting tips this winter which can take the ice off windscreens in ‘SECONDS’

  • Falling temperatures set to hit the UK in coming weeks as winter approaches
  • Cold conditions will bring dreaded overnight frost and icy windscreens
  • Met Office warns temperatures will ‘trend below average at times’ in December
  • But experts have suggested a number of methods to take the ice off windscreens

Drivers have been urged to use a number of little known defrosting tips that can take ice off windscreens within ‘seconds’.

Plummeting temperatures are set to hit the UK in the coming weeks, bringing dreaded overnight frost and icy windscreens for early-risers.

The Met Office has warned that temperatures through December are likely to ‘trend below average at times’, meaning the scraper is going to be required for much of the country.

Its long-range forecast says: ‘Confidence remains low for this period, although not unusually so. Conditions are expected to be more settled than of late, with the potential for higher pressure to develop. 

‘This is likely to bring drier and colder weather, with overnight frost and fog possible, especially in the north, while the south is more likely to remain under changeable conditions. Temperature likely to trend below average at times.’

But experts have suggested a number of methods to avoid the annoying and time-consuming task of having to stand in the freezing cold attempting to clear windscreens, The Express reports.

Plummeting temperatures are set to hit the UK in the coming weeks, the Met Office has warned

Plummeting temperatures are set to hit the UK in the coming weeks, the Met Office has warned

Park the car facing the sun

The sun rises in the east, so it makes sense to park your car facing towards it to reduce the impact of the cold.

Inevitably, the sun can help melt the ice away and combat any need to use a scraper.

It will depend how much sunlight reaches wherever you leave your car overnight, as well as how early you leave.

Spray vinegar on the windscreen

Using a mixture of vinegar and water can help to prevent ice from building up on your windscreen

Using a mixture of vinegar and water can help to prevent ice from building up on your windscreen

A mixture of water and vinegar can act as a blanket of protection for your car if sprayed on the windscreen the night before.

The solution will prevent the build-up of ice from forming to begin with, making life a lot easier in the morning.

The homemade de-icer can be made using three parts vinegar to one part water in a spray bottle.

Vinegar’s freezing point is lower than that of water.

A bag of warm water

If you are short of vinegar, filling a bag of warm water is another trick that can be used.

This can then be used to rub over a windscreen and melt the ice 

Do not pour boiling hot water over an windscreen, though. 

The Met Office has warned that temperatures through December are likely to 'trend below average at times'

The Met Office has warned that temperatures through December are likely to ‘trend below average at times’

Place an old bed sheet or carboard over the windscreen

If you have to leave your car exposed to the elements overnight, then using an old bed sheet or piece of carboard can be an effective way to protect your windscreen.

Use the wipers to keep the sheet in place and be sure to keep a plastic bag or something similar in the car to place it into once it has served its purpose.

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