As temperatures plummet, motorists are getting ready to spend more time in the morning scraping away frost, ice and possibly snow from their vehicles.
Scraping the windscreen in the icy cold is not an enviable job, so experts have suggested some alternative options to defrost the car windscreen.
Park your car facing east
One easy fix is to park your car in the correct place, so there is one less job to do on a cold morning.
As the sun rises in the east, it can melt away the ice on the windscreen in the early morning, so the driver has a few extra minutes in bed.
However, it will depend on how much sunlight they get and how early they leave the house.
With a little extra thought, drivers can prevent frost from appearing in the first place by spraying their windscreen.
A solution of mixed water and vinegar sprayed on the car the night before can help stop the appearance of frost.
Vinegar is typically used as a de-icer as its freezing point is much lower than that of water, so the water doesn’t have the chance to settle and freeze on top of the vinegar.
If drivers do not have the option to park outside overnight, they could make use of an old or spare bed sheet to help them.
Putting a bed sheet or large piece of cardboard over the windscreen and using the wipers to hold it in place overnight is an effective and cheap way to shield it from the ice.
It’s important to remember driving with limited vision during icy weather conditions is not only dangerous but can also land drivers with a £100 fine and three points on their licence.
Fill a bag with warm water
It may sound obvious but it’s always worth mentioning that people should never pour boiling hot water onto their windscreen.
A spokesperson for Lotus Car Rental, said: “While one in five of us have admitted to doing this, even pouring lukewarm water can cause car windows to crack, especially if they are already chipped.
“Instead, pour some warm water in a ziplock bag and then rub the bag over your windscreen. This hack went viral on TikTok last winter because it takes the ice off in seconds.”
Rub an onion on the windscreen
Onions have a similar effect to vinegar, and if they don’t have an onion in their cupboard, drivers can then try potato instead.
The sugar molecules from these vegetables can work to break down frost as soon as it forms on the window.
Cut an onion or potato in half and then rub it generously all over the windows and windscreen the night before and this should drive the frost away.