If you park your car outdoors, you may be familiar with having to de-ice your car before you can get to work during the winter, even in Dallas, Texas. This task doesn’t have to become a lengthy process; you can get it done in just a few minutes if you do it properly. Let’s talk about some tips to shave time off your morning preparations.

First off, never make the mistake of pouring hot water over your windshield to melt the ice away. The water can refreeze while you’re driving, putting you right back in the same position where you started. Very hot water can even crack your windshield. Instead, try safer methods of de-icing.

Start your car’s engine (open the garage door first if necessary) and turn the heater on the highest setting. Tilt the vents upward so the hot air is directed at your windshield. While the heat is running, spray your windows with a solution of one part water and two parts rubbing alcohol (vinegar also works). You can use a spray bottle or fill your wiper fluid reservoir with this solution, which cuts through the frost residue. Whichever you choose, turn on your wipers to push off the remaining ice. Between the solution and your heater, the windshield will be blasted on both sides.

Spray this solution on your other windows and mirrors as well. An ice scraper can help remove the broken up ice. Brush away any ice or snow from your headlights and taillights as well. Having your windows, mirrors and lights clear will improve your visibility and make winter driving safer for you and other drivers around you.

Commercial lock de-icer breaks away pesky ice that builds up inside of locks. If you’re caught in a pinch without any, dip your key into a bottle of hand sanitizer. The alcohol content can help penetrate the ice. It’s a good idea to keep hand sanitizer, and ice scrapers, both inside your car and inside your home (or garage) in case these items get frozen inside your car when you need them.

For better protection, a tarp or car cover decreases the snow and ice buildup on cars. You can start your morning by simply removing the cover and performing any necessary touch ups.

A safe car can means a safer winter driving experience. Call Americo Direct Insurance at (214) 374-9997 for more information on Dallas auto insurance.

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