Frozen windshield

What To Do With A Frozen Windshield?

It’s winter, and that means ice and snow. Ice and snow on your windshield is no fun if you’re trying to get somewhere, but it can be dangerous too. If you find yourself with a frozen windshield, here are some tips for how to deal with it:

1. Open all the doors.

  • Open all the doors. This will allow heat to flow into the car’s cabin, which will reduce condensation and defrosting time.
  • Open all windows slightly to let moisture out. Don’t worry about letting in snow or cold air; those elements are much more likely to harm you than your frozen windshield!

2. Use an ice scraper.

The first thing to do is use an ice scraper. The best choice is a scraper that’s made of plastic or rubber. These materials are more effective at removing ice than metal scrapers and don’t scratch the windshield.

You should also be sure that your scraper has a curved edge, which will enable you to scrape off even the most stubborn chunks of ice without causing damage to your windshield. Another option is choosing a flat-edged model, which may be easier for some people but can take longer for others who are less experienced with their technique or who have weak wrists and arms from age or arthritis. 

Finally, if you’re looking for something even more durable than these types of scrapers (or if you want something with sharper edges), consider getting one made entirely out of steel instead – though keep in mind this could potentially cause more damage than other types while trying to remove stubborn buildup!

3. Pour vinegar on your windshield.

Pour vinegar on your windshield. Vinegar is a natural de-icing agent and can help get rid of ice and snow from your windshield. It’s non-toxic and won’t damage your car’s paint job or leave any residue behind.

Vinegar is also inexpensive and easy to find at grocery stores, drugstores, or online retailers like Amazon.

4. Use rubbing alcohol on your windshield.

If you are in a situation where you have no water and cannot get to a store, one easy thing to do is rubbing alcohol on your windshield. Rubbing alcohol is a solvent and will melt the ice, while also evaporating quickly. This means that it won’t leave behind streaks like other solvents might do (like acetone). Rubbing alcohol can be found in most drug stores or grocery stores for under $5 for a gallon bottle. You can also use it as an additive in your spray bottle by mixing it with water at any ratio between 1:1 and 10:1.

5. Park in a sunnier spot.

There are a few things you can do to help your windshield defrost on its own. The first thing is to park in a sunnier spot. If you have an extra 30 minutes, try parking in the shade for a while and see if that helps at all. Or if you’re lucky enough to have one of those garages with heating vents, park inside one for about 10-15 minutes. If none of these options work for you, then it might be time to bring out some heat!

You can also try turning on your car’s heater or air conditioner (depending on the season). This will help distribute warmth throughout the car’s interior and onto your windshield so that when it comes time for defrosting purposes later down the road, there’s already some softening up going on behind closed doors!

You could also turn up some heat sources such as space heaters or portable fans around yourself; however, this method isn’t recommended because those other items may pose fire hazards depending upon how long they’re left unattended during use.”

Other Tips

If you have a large ice buildup on your windshield, it’s best to use a hairdryer and not a heat gun. The reason for this is that the heat from a hair dryer will melt the ice, but won’t burn your car’s plastic components. On the other hand, a heat gun can get too hot and melt some of those same plastic parts, which is usually not something you want to happen!

So what other tips do we have for removing ice from glass? Well first off make sure that there are no antifreeze leaks in your vehicle as this can cause damage to both yourself and also others on the road around you. Also, don’t use an ice scraper on any windshields made out of laminate or plastic materials as they can easily scratch or leave permanent marks behind if used improperly!


After reading this article, you should be able to handle a frozen windshield. If nothing else works, you can always call in a professional.

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